Top-10 photos from the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Opening Ceremony

By Caryn Maconi | Aug. 08, 2015, 11:51 a.m. (ET)

The 2015 Parapan American Games kicked off in Toronto Friday night with the Opening Ceremony at the CIBC Athletics Stadium. Five-time Paralympic swimmer Curtis Lovejoy led the 241-member U.S. delegation in the Parade of Nations, which featured more than 1,600 athletes from 28 countries. Relive the action with these top-10 photos from the ceremony. 

Team USA enters the stadium led by flag bearer Curtis Lovejoy


Team USA enters the CIBC Athletics Stadium to the applause of fans and Toronto 2015 volunteers.


Five-time Paralympian Curtis Lovejoy leads the U.S. delegation as flag bearer in the Parade of Nations.


Athlete services representative and 2008 Paralympic sailing bronze medalist John Ruf waves to the crowd.


Judo athlete Ron Hawthorne cheers as he enters the stadium. 


Sitting volleyball players Angela Deehan (left) and Courtney Baker look to the crowd.


Curtis Lovejoy (left) cheers as he leads Team USA in the Parade of Nations.


Goalball player John Kusku goes patriotic with his headgear at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Opening Ceremony. 

Performers represent the theme of unity through diversity


Performers enact a modern dance representing unity through diversity.


Performers enact song and dance routines from cultures from around the world.

Five-time Canadian Paralympian Chantal Peticlerc lights the torch


Chantal Peticlerc, Canada's most decorated Paralympian, lights the torch to open the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

For more information and photos of Team USA at the 2015 Parapan American Games, visit TeamUSA.org/ParapanAm and follow @USParalympics on Twitter.