August 1st, 2012
For the past few days it doesn’t matter where you go or what you’re doing – all eyes are on London and the 2012 Olympic games.
The 2012 opening ceremony, which was held on July 27th at the Olympic Stadium at Stratford in east London, and directed by Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire fame), featured the ceremonial torch lighting, along with power house performances by Sir Paul McCartney (stirring up the crowd with the Beetle’s “Hey, Jude!”), rapper Dizzee Rascal, and indie band Arctic Monkeys.
But the best part of the show – as is with every year – was the Parade of Nations. From Greece (the original host of the Olympic Games) to Great Britain (the current host always enters last),
While this year’s ceremony was one to beat (the light show alone was stunning), The Globe & Mail managed to rangle up some amazing images from opening ceremonies past that are equally awesome. Above, Aboriginal dancers carry flags during the opening ceremony of the Olympic held in Sydney, Australia back in 2000. Or the below shot of performers dressed as ancient Greek athletes at the 2004 Olympics held in Athens, Greece.
You can check out a few more amazing opening ceremony pics here.
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