Friday's opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London was a true spectacle in every sense of the word. Following an extended show conceived and directed by Danny Boyle that featured enormous, elaborate sets and a giant inflatable Voldemort, among many other things, the much more traditional Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Olympic Flame capped off the evening.
The United States entered to a thunderous ovation, wearing their much-maligned Ralph Lauren-designed outfits, which were made in China and looked like cheap knock-offs of yacht club attire ... and included some exceedingly questionable berets.
Great Britain came last, of course. The crowd cheered lustily as the athletes waved amid a deluge of confetti.
Following the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the flame, Sir Paul McCartney led the 60,000 fans in attendance in a rousing singalong of "Hey Jude."
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