One of the most iconic moments of any Olympic or Paralympic Games is the Opening Ceremony. The host nation puts on a dazzling show, highlighting their culture that culminates with the lighting of the Olympic and Paralympic cauldron.
Within the Opening Ceremony, the Parade of Nations stands out as each country enters the stadium, their Olympic or Paralympic dreams finally a reality.
Athletes are in agreement that entering the stadium is the most impactful moment of their Olympic or Paralympic experience.
You can experience the Parade of Nations alongside Team USA athletes in the Museum’s 360-degree immersive exhibit.
The Parade began at the London 1908 Olympic Games under meticulous instruction, including that “every athlete taking part will be in the athletic costume of his country,” and “each nationality will be formed up in sections of four and will be headed eight paces in front by the bearer.”
The Parade of Nations has proven a symbol of international unity and teamwork.