Rio Paralympics 2016: Games begin after a spectacular opening ceremony

2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/09/2016. Brazilian Paralympic swimmer Clodoaldo Silva carries the torch during the opening ceremony. REUTERS/

Brazilian Paralympic swimmer Clodoaldo Silva carries the torch during the opening ceremony. Reuters

2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/09/2016. Brazilian Paralympic runner Marcia Malsar is assisted after falling while carrying the torch as rain falls during the opening ceremony. REUTERS

Brazilian Paralympic runner Marcia Malsar is assisted after falling while carrying the torch as rain falls during the opening ceremony. Reuters

2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/09/2016. Rain falls on participants during the opening ceremony. REUTERS/

Rain falls on participants during the opening ceremony. Reuters

20162016 Rio Paralympics - Opening ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/09/2016. Brazilian Paralympic swimmer Clodoaldo Silva lights the flame during the opening ceremony. REUTERS

Brazilian Paralympic swimmer Clodoaldo Silva lights the flame during the opening ceremony. Reuters

2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/09/2016. Confetti falls during the opening ceremony. REUTERS

Confetti falls during the opening ceremony of the Rio Paralympics 2016. Reuters

2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/09/2016. A performer interacts with a robotic arm during the opening ceremony. REUTERS

A performer interacts with a robotic arm during the opening ceremony of Rio Paralympics. Reuters

2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/09/2016. Athletes from Brazil take part in the opening ceremony. REUTERS

Athletes from Brazil take part in the opening ceremony of Rio Paralympics at Maracana stadium. Reuters