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Look familiar? Opening ceremonies for the Paralympic Games

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Artists perform as a choir performs 'Principia' by Errollyn Wallen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29,

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Artists perform with umbrellas during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29.

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Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29 in London, England.

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Performers are lifted into the air in the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games August 29.

James Bond, a giant baby, and fireworks help kick off the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"Enlightenment" is the theme for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Physicist Stephen Hawking was the show's MC and British royalty was in attendence. Some of the photos from today's ceremonies look similar to photos from the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on July 27. The Guardian reports that though there are similarities, it is supposed to be very different.

Over the next 11 days, 4,200 athletes from 164 nations and territories will compete in a variety of sports including wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. 

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