Ninety one countries and over 10,000 participants paraded in the Jean Bouin Stadium to mark the start of the 10th Gay Games in Paris as sporting action began.
A total haul of 10,317 athletes attended alongside dignitaries including Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Sports Minister Laura Flessel and fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The Games, first held in San Francisco in 1982, seeks to "combat discrimination, promote the recognition and freedoms of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) people and promote information on HIV/AIDS, drug use and other risks".
Some participants come from countries where homosexuality is still a crime.
Performers included Ada Vox, the first drag queen finalist in the United States singing competition series American Idol.
Swimming is among sports where action has already begun in 67 venues in and around Paris.
#OpeningCeremony - Of the 91 countries that represented during the ceremony, there're some delegations where homosexuality is still a crime.— Paris 2018 (@paris2018) August 5, 2018
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Competition in the pool has taken place across 12 age groups.
These span athletes as young as 20 and as old as 79.
Those in the latter category competing today included Gustavo Gomez, an American who won the 100m medley in 2min 10.76sec.
Beach volleyball, rowing and roller skating competitions have also begun.
The event is more a cultural celebration, though, although it is also an opportunity for the French capital to showcase its event-hosting credentials before Paris hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.