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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With only seventeen days since the close of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, last night (September 7th), on Brazil’s Independence Day, the eyes of the world once again turned to Maracanã Stadium as it hosted the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. For nearly four hours, the sold-out 78,000-seat stadium lit up the night sky with a cavalcade of fireworks, music, and dancing as the largest Paralympics Games ever gets underway.

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