President Moon Jae-in on Friday extolled the PyeongChang Winter Games for setting the stage for a detente in which "the denuclearization and peace of the Korean Peninsula is becoming a reality". The competitions for athletes with disabilities became more popular following World War II, offering veterans who had been injured during wartime a chance to compete. The loudest moment came when the South Korean athletes entered the arena to complete the athlete parade.
Winter Paralympics have been held since 1976.
The Games run until next Sunday, March 18.
The Google doodle March 9, 2018, celebrated the start of the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
North Korea asked that the Dokdo Islands, which Japan now claims and calls Takeshima, be included on the flag, according to BBC.
Meanwhile, International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesperson Mark Adams empathized with the trials and tribulations of such complex diplomatic negotiations, saying: "We understand the difficulties for the International Paralympic Committee".
North Korea's first Winter Paralympians did not appear alongside South Korea's team, as happened at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, after a row over the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.
There was no notable reaction for the North Korean entrance from the crowd, who were polite but subdued for most of the evening.
Parsons said International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will be in attendance at Friday's opening ceremony.
Snowboarder Owen Pick led the British team into the arena as flagbearer. Canada's Paralympians are some of our country's finest athletes.
The 29-year-old mono skier competed in Vancouver in 2010 but after a serious crash at Sochi 2014 had to undergo severe surgery resulting in a lengthy and tortuous return to Paralympic-levels of fitness.
With 190 live video transmission units deployed for the games, LiveU saw over 7,100 live sessions out of approximately 40 different countries with 6 terabytes of live transmission.