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Opening Ceremony

The 2010 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony will be held on 3rd October at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

The 70,000 capacity Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi is the venue that will showcase India’s rich sporting cultural history. The massive arena was renovated for this grand event.

Honorary Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will grace the occasion.

In the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010, marching event will form an important part. The participating nations will join the marching event according to the alphabetical order.

According to the protocol, the host nation of the previous Commonwealth Game 2006 Australia will lead the marching event, whereas the present host nation India will be the last. Also India's national anthem Jana Mana Gana will be played at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Another important event at the opening ceremony will be the famous ‘Queen’s Baton’ tradition, which will also play the role of a curtain raiser for the game. President Pratibha Patil will grace the ‘Queen’s Baton Relay, 2010’ at the launch of the event. India’s only Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra will get the honour of becoming the first baton carrier at the opening ceremony.

In addition to this, all the participating countries will take part in the parade, which will be led by the flag bearer. The flags of three countries, the last host country, the present host country and the next host country, will fly at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Top notch artists from Bollywood and rest of the world are expected to perform and entertain the audience at the mega event. The nations’ parade will be followed by a unique cultural show portraying the rich history and legacy of India. Various celebrities and politicians will also attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The ceremony will climax with some sizzling fireworks.