By Staff Reporter, EnStarz | Sep 09, 2012 04:06 PM EDT
The Paralympics closing ceremony for the London 2012 Games has commenced with a packed crowd of 80,000 in the Olympic Stadium keen to see Coldplay, Jay-Z and Rihanna perform. The closing ceremony can be watched online through live stream from 3.30 p.m. ET (live link and video below).
The closing ceremony will be staged with the theme the “Festival of Flame” and will feature more than 1,000 volunteers. It will begin featuring a war hero who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Helmand. He will climb a flagpole and raise the British Union Jack flag.
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This year’s Paralympic Games has been praised by many as the best ever in its 52 year history. Hugely enthusiastic crowds have packed out stadiums across events providing an atmosphere what many have said has been equal if not better than the Olympic Games that took place just weeks ago.
During the closing ceremony an autistic blind singer, Lissa Hermans, will sing the National Anthem, and will be followed by Coldplay as the headline act for the festival-like closing to the spectacular Games.
Coldplay will perform a number of high profile collaborations at the event, including with rapper Jay-Z, and pop star Rihanna.
Director Kim Gavin, who was also behind the Olympic closing ceremony, said: "We pay tribute to the human spirit for this wonderful sport and human achievement of the last two weeks.
"We have put together a unique group of people who storm the stadium, and bring this festival to life. The whole night is the celebration of the flame finally going out."
Artistic Director Kim Gavin has said prior to the event: "We're known as a nation for having the most festivals - it's something we do with 600 festivals a year. The festival approach is purely to bring this celebration of the last night of the games in London ... ancient festivals were our inspiration. For instance, the summer solstice and the autumn equinox."
Organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe has said, "What an amazing 10 days we've had. We've seen champions made and watched more records than ever before. Fifty-odd countries have now won gold medals and 70 have won medals."
He added, "We've had an extraordinary level of engagement with the public in our stadiums and on television. In any metric you look at this, it's been unprecedented. So tomorrow night's ceremony will be a celebration of all of that."
The Paralympics 2012 Closing Ceremony from London will not be televised live in the United States but can be watched online through live stream from 3.30 p.m. by clicking here.
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