Tens of Thousands of Fans Attend Special Olympics World Games 2015 Opening Ceremony at L.A. Coliseum

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LBritish Consul General Chris O’Connor, producer Nigel Lythgoe, Mark Rhino Smith and Audley Harrison attend L.A. Garden Party Welcomes The 2015 Special Olympics World Games Great Britain Team at The British Residence on July 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Tens of thousands turned out Saturday for the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The event was scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. at the stadium located on Figueroa Street near the USC campus south of downtown. But the official ceremony had not yet begun by 6:30 p.m.

Stilt walkers and tumblers led the parade of athletes into the noisy stadium, with the delegation from Greece arriving first, as is traditionally the case in the regular Olympic Games.

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