Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: Start Time, How To Watch & Parade Order

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Everything you need to know about the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony is right here.

Tokyo recently entered a state of emergency – banning crowds from attending Olympic events. This means that the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will have a completely different feel compared to previous Olympics with no fans allowed.

Nations walking into a packed house full of fans, friends and family won’t be happening, instead, it will predominantly be all athletes that will be in attendance at the Opening Ceremony.

How to watch the Tokyo Opening Ceremony in Australia?

The Tokyo Olympic games will be officially opened on Friday, July 23. The opening ceremony will go for 3 hours and start at 7pm (AWST), and run until around 10pm (AWST).

To watch the Tokyo Olympics live make sure to tune into Channel 7 or jump on 7plus to stream all the action.

Read more: How To Watch & Stream Tokyo Olympics 2021 In Australia

Australia parade uniform

Australia Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Uniform
Source: Australian Olympic Committee
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Sportscraft is again the designer of the Australian Olympic teams uniform for the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The designs are inspired by electric lights, vibrant colours and bustling atmosphere associated with the Japanese capital. However, they are still true to the Australian heritage, lifestyle as well as functional.

This Olympics though a touch of history has been added with the Olympic blazer lined with the names of all 320 Australian Olympic gold medallists.

Who will be the flag-bearer for Australia?

Australia will have two Olympic flag-bearers at the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Basketball champion Patty Mills will be Australia’s first Indigenous man along side Cate Campbell,  who incredibly will be the first female swimmer to carry the flag for Australia.

Why do they do the Opening Parade?

The parade has been an Olympic ritual since the first march at the 1908 Games in London. This year’s parade will be a bit different though with no fans allowed.  

Athletes from the 205 countries participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games will march their way into the Olympic stadium behind their flag, creating a parade of nations.

Opening Ceremony Parade Order

The inventors of the Olympic games Greece where the game originated thousands of years ago are recognised for its founding role and will be the first nation in the parade of the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The host nation will of course march last – as Japan takes its place as the parade’s grand finale.

Future following two Olympic games host countries move to the end of the order as well to add prominence to their march. France will be the second last country to march France as they will play host to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The United States will be the third last country as Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Following in the footsteps of Rio, the Refugee Olympic team will march second and then from there countries will follow in alphabetical order. However, that’s alphabetical order in the language of the host country, which will explain awhy it’s not in alphabetical order for us.

Based on the above Australia will be the 38th country to march in the parade.

Parade of Nations Marching Order

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OrderCountry
1Greece
2Refugee Olympic Team
3Iceland
4Ireland
5Azerbaijan
6Afghanistan
7American Samoa
8Virgin Islands
9United Arab Emirates
10Algeria
11Argentina
12Aruba
13Albania
14Armenia
15Angola
16Antigua and Barbuda
17Andorra
18Yemen
19Great Britain
20British Virgin Islands
21Israel
22Italy
23Iraq
24Iran
25India
26Indonesia
27Uganda
28Ukraine
29Uzbekistan
30Uruguay
31Ecuador
32Egypt
33Estonia
34Eswatini
35Ethiopia
36Eritrea
37El Salvador
38Australia
39Austria
40Oman
41Netherlands
42Ghana
43Cape Verde
44Guyana
45Kazakhstan
46Qatar
47Canada
48Gabon
49Cameroon
50The Gambia
51Cambodia
52North Macedonia
53Guinea
54Guinea-Bissau
55Cyprus
56Cuba
57Kiribati
58Kyrgyzstan
59Guatemala
60Guam
61Kuwait
62Cook Islands
63Grenada
64Croatia
65Cayman Islands
66Kenya
67Ivory Coast
68Costa Rica
69Kosovo
70Comoros
71Colombia
72Republic of the Congo
73Democratic Republic of the Congo
74Saudi Arabia
75Samoa
76São Tomé and Príncipe
77Zambia
78San Marino
79Sierra Leone
80Djibouti
81Jamaica
82Georgia
83Syria
84Singapore
85Zimbabwe
86Switzerland
87Sweden
88Sudan
89Spain
90Suriname
91Sri Lanka
92Slovakia
93Slovenia
94Seychelles
95Equatorial Guinea
96Senegal
97Serbia
98Saint Kitts and Nevis
99Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
100Saint Lucia
101Somalia
102Solomon Islands
103Thailand
104South Korea
105Chinese Taipei
106Tajikistan
107Tanzania
108Czech Republic
109Chad
110Central African Republic
111China
112Tunisia
113Chile
114Tuvalu
115Denmark
116Germany
117Togo
118Dominica
119Dominican Republic
120Trinidad and Tobago
121Turkmenistan
122Turkey
123Tonga
124Nigeria
125Nauru
126Namibia
127Nicaragua
128Niger
129New Zealand
130Nepal
131Norway
132Bahrain
133Haiti
134Pakistan
135Panama
136Vanuatu
137Bahamas
138Papua New Guinea
139Bermuda
140Palau
141Paraguay
142Barbados
143Palestine
144Hungary
145Bangladesh
146East Timor
147Bhutan
148Fiji
149Philippines
150Finland
151Puerto Rico
152Brazil
153Bulgaria
154Burkina Faso
155Brunei
156Burundi
157Vietnam
158Benin
159Venezuela
160Belarus
161Belize
162Peru
163Belgium
164Poland
165Bosnia and Herzegovina
166Botswana
167Bolivia
168Portugal
169Hong Kong
170Honduras
171Marshall Islands
172Madagascar
173Malawi
174Mali
175Malta
176Malaysia
177Federated States of Micronesia
178South Africa
179South Sudan
180Myanmar
181Mexico
182Mauritius
183Mauritania
184Mozambique
185Monaco
186Maldives
187Moldova
188Morocco
189Mongolia
190Montenegro
191Jordan
192Laos
193Latvia
194Lithuania
195Libya
196Liechtenstein
197Liberia
198Romania
199Luxembourg
200Rwanda
201Lesotho
202Lebanon
203United States
204France
205Japan

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