Commonwealth Games 2018 Opening Ceremony: India's march at Gold Coast
Witnessing participation of 71 countries and territories, the 2018 Commonwealth Games kicked off with a glitzy opening ceremony at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia. (Photo: AFP / AP)
A blast from a didgeridoo, a sprinkling of royal stardust and a strong message of unity lit up the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast on Wednesday.
A heavy downpour lashed the 35,000 crowd at Carrara Stadium as the ceremony began, ensuring a wet start to the proceedings for many in the half-covered arena.
Aboriginal dancers also performed during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia,
The opening ceremony featured celebrations of the laid-back beach lifestyle synonymous with the Gold Coast, and Australian indigenous culture.
Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla were among the guests and the heir to the throne was due to officially open the Games later in the painstakingly planned gala.
PV Sindhu, ace shuttler and Rio Olympic silver-medallist, was the country’s flag-bearer as the 227-athlete Indian contingent made a solid entry at the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.