Live telecast: The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be shown live on Sony Six, Sony Six HD and Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD (English Commentary) and on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD (Hindi commentary).
But the real star of the festivities was Migaloo, a giant inflatable white whale that floated above spectators and performers alike as red confetti was showered on the stadium.
As a proud Gold Coast local and the biggest Australian star in the Games' premier sport, Pearson was the ideal choice to complete the baton relay, just as Cathy Freeman had been the flawless fit to light the cauldron at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Accompanied by his wife Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles walked along the parade track, cheered on by a packed stadium.
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was the flag-bearer as she led the Indian contingent into the stadium.
Flanked by a significant police presence, protestors were also present outside the Carrara Stadium before the Games officially got underway.
More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will be vying for 275 gold medals at the multi-sport event.
Activist Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, dies, aged 81
Madikizela-Mandela had been in and out of hospital these last few months, with her last hospitalisation for a kidney infection. The United Democratic Front, an umbrella group of organizations fighting apartheid and linked to the ANC, expelled her.
Team Scotland was the first nation out into the arena for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast.
"I want the gold medal and I am not going into the ring here to win bronze", said Robertson. "We have already taken up with both the Commonwealth Games Federation and the England Commonwealth Games Association".
The programme error follows a printing mistake revealed in February that had the wrong day listed for the opening ceremony on some 14,000 tickets sold for the event.
Rain or Sun, Team INDIA is one.
The victim was an athlete taking part in the Games while the accused official was from Mauritius.
Adekunle Adesoji picked up the gold medal in the 100 metres EAD in the para-sports event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, thereby setting a games record of 10.76.
Only South Africa's Durban had bid for the 2022 event but the coastal city was stripped of the privilege a year ago after after a series of missed deadlines and financial problems. The motto of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is "Share the dream".