Olympic Opening Ceremony Events and Proper Flag Display

The Olympic kick-off comes with many rules, some including the flags.

One of the most highly anticipated events for the entire world is the Olympic Games. Specifically, the Olympic flame igniting the Cauldron, signaling the start of the Games – and it is right around the corner! Teams go to great lengths to ensure the Opening Ceremony follows all rules and regulations set forth by the Olympic Charter.

The Opening Ceremony is a celebration highlighting the best the Host Nation has to offer, including a parade of all the countries involved – the Parade of Nations. Nations file in according to alphabetical order, with the exception of Greece leading and the Host Nation (in the case of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Great Britain) entering last. Each team of athletes proudly carries their respective flag. An invitation to carry your nation’s flag during the parade is a great honor for any athlete.

Team USA Flag

Once the Games are declared ‘open,’ the Olympic flag is carried into the stadium and raised for all to see while the respective national anthem is played. The Olympic Charter states, “Each flag must fly for the entire duration of the Games, placed in a prominent position in the main stadium.”

London 2012

The 2012 Opening Ceremony is named “Isles of Wonder,” and will kick off with the sound of Europe’s largest harmonically tuned bell. As with the guideline of flags for an Olympic ceremony, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlines elements every opening ceremony must feature. Danny Boyle, artistic director of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony describes the event stating, “our Isles of Wonder salutes and celebrates the exuberant creativity of the British genius in an Opening Ceremony that we hope will be as unpredictable and inventive as the British people.”

There will be 15,000 performers taking part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London – and is estimated to attract more than four billion viewers across the world. This spectacle is sure to leave an amazing impression to last a lifetime.

Source: London 2012

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