Sept. 07, 2016, 11:17 p.m. (ET)

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games opened with a breathtaking show of culture and athleticism, with performances from singers, dancers and Team USA's own Amy Purdy. Cyclist Allison Jones carried the flag to lead Team USA into the stadium. See 14 of the best photos from the Opening Ceremony, and watch your favorite Team USA athletes compete in the Paralympic Games from Sept. 7-18 here.

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Fireworks explode at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro


Joao Carlos Martins performs the Brazilian national anthem at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro


Paralympic mascot Tom and actress Fernanda Lima participate in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Dancers preform at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Aaron Wheelz rides off a ramp at the beginning of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro


Aaron Wheelz goes down a MegaRamp at the start of the the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Fireworks explode at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Flag bearer Allison Jones leads Team USA into the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Members of the U.S. Paralympic Team enter the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Members of the U.S. Paralympic Team enter the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Members of the U.S. Paralympic Team enter the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Fireworks explode at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro


U.S. Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy performs at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Athletes take in the performance by singer Seu Jorge at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.