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Highlights from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Time-lapse video shows Olympic Stadium as darkness falls
WATCH: Time-lapse video shows darkness falling over the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea as the opening ceremony of the Games gets underway.

It was a cold kickoff to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday morning but that didn’t stop athletes and fans from celebrating the opening ceremony.

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The Games started at 8 p.m. local time, (6 a.m. ET), with a dazzling fireworks show, a dancing white tiger and a choreographed dance of drummers in a stadium packed with around 35,000 spectators.

Here are some of the biggest moments from the opening ceremonies.

Dancing and fireworks

The Games started with an opening spectacle of dancers and fireworks.

Fireworks go off after the during the opening ceremony.
Fireworks go off after the during the opening ceremony. Sean Haffey/Pool Photo via AP
Fireworks go off outside the stadium during.
Fireworks go off outside the stadium during. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Performers entertain the fans.
Performers entertain the fans. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
White Tiger & Five Kids perform during the opening ceremony.
White Tiger & Five Kids perform during the opening ceremony. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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A united Korea

A unified Korean team of athletes marched out together carrying the unification flag as South Korean President Moon Jae In watched from the stands near Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader.

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Unified Koreas flagbearers (North Korea's ice hockey player) Hwang Chung Gum (L) and (South Korea's bobsledder) Won Yun-jong (R) lead the delegation during the opening ceremony.
Unified Koreas flagbearers (North Korea's ice hockey player) Hwang Chung Gum (L) and (South Korea's bobsledder) Won Yun-jong (R) lead the delegation during the opening ceremony. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images
Unified Koreas athletes parade during the opening ceremony.
Unified Koreas athletes parade during the opening ceremony. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Unified Koreas flagbearer Hwang Chung Gum (L) and Won Yun-jong lead the delegation parade.
Unified Koreas flagbearer Hwang Chung Gum (L) and Won Yun-jong lead the delegation parade. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Unified Koreas delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Unified Koreas delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Kim Yo Jong and President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in.
Kim Yo Jong and President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in.

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Team Canada

Canada sent over 200 athletes for 105 events. The nation has started competing in curling’s mixed doubles, luge and ski jumping.

Ice dancing pair, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, were Canada’s flag-bearers for the event. The duo won gold in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and silver in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Members of Canada team during the opening ceremony.
Members of Canada team during the opening ceremony. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Russia marches under Olympic flag

The opening ceremonies included 168 Russian athletes who marched under the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” banner, wearing neutral uniforms.

This comes after the Russian doping scandal, resulting in the nation being banned by the International Olympic Committee. However, some athletes were still invited to compete. If they win events, the Olympic flag will fly and the Olympic anthem will be played.

Athletes from Russia wave during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Athletes from Russia wave during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Russian athletes carrying the Olympic flag.
Russian athletes carrying the Olympic flag. AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
Athletes of Russia arrive during the opening ceremony.
Athletes of Russia arrive during the opening ceremony. Christof Stache/Pool Photo via AP

Tonga’s famous flag-bearer shows up

Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua was part of the opening ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. And just like the Rio Olympics in 2016, he marched without a shirt (despite the freezing conditions).

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Mike Pence sits near North Korea delegation

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un did not interact despite being seated just feet apart during the Olympic opening ceremony.

Vice-President Mike Pence, bottom right, speaks with second lady Karen Pence at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Behind Pence are Kim Yong Nam, second from top right, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Vice-President Mike Pence, bottom right, speaks with second lady Karen Pence at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Behind Pence are Kim Yong Nam, second from top right, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Patrick Semansky - Pool /Getty Images

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Lighting of Olympic cauldron

The opening ceremony capped off with a magnificent display of the lighting of the Olympic cauldron.

Fireworks erupt as the Olympic Cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony.
Fireworks erupt as the Olympic Cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony. vid J. Phillip/Getty Images
The Olympic torch is carried into the stadium during the opening ceremony.
The Olympic torch is carried into the stadium during the opening ceremony. Sean Haffey/Pool Photo via AP
The Olympic torch is carried to the cauldron.
The Olympic torch is carried to the cauldron. David J. Phillip/Getty Image
Kim Yu Na, South Korean figure skater lights the cauldron.
Kim Yu Na, South Korean figure skater lights the cauldron. Frank Fife/Getty Images
The Olympic cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.
The Olympic cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Jamie Squire/Getty Images