The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opened to a glittering ceremony on Wednesday. Indigenous Australians, hip-hop artists, pop stars and local dancers lit up a spectacular evening.The fireworks drew loud applause while the Indian and Australian contingents drew the loudest cheers. There was a general feeling of goodwill and joy around the Carrara Oval as Australia displayed its spirit of inclusiveness.The colour, dancing and fireworks marked a happy opening ceremony. At the end of the night, Gold Coast and Australia could be proud of their efforts.Here are the highlights from the evening:18.10 IST: That concludes the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia. Australian singer Delta Goodrem performs at the CWG 2018 opening ceremony (Reuters Photo)17.58 IST: Delta Goodrem is singing Welcome to Earth.17.55 IST: Prince Charles: It gives me great pleasure to declare the 2018 Commonwealth Games open.17.52 IST: Sally Pearson receives the Queen’s Baton from Brent Livermore. She takes the baton to the stage where the Queen’s message is removed and handed to Prince Charles.17.51 IST: Kurt Fearnley hand it over to Netballer Liz Ellis who gives it to hockey star Brent Livermore.17.50 IST: Susie O’Nielle hands the baton over to cyclist Brad McGee, who takes it to Paralympic legend Kurt Fearnley.17.46 IST: Susie O’Nielle is an 11-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. Susie O’Neill arrives with the Queen’s Baton (Reuters Photo)17.43 IST: Queen’s Baton arrives at the Carrara Stadium. Former Australian swimmer Susie O’Neill is the surprise baton bearer.17.36 IST: Peter Beattie, Chairman of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation: Beautiful one day, perfect the next. Welcome to Australia, welcome to Queensland, and welcome to the Gold Coast.advertisement17.32 IST: The Oath: We come to this place from many lands. To demonstrate the spirit of true sportsmanship that we all share. And to stand up for the values and ideals that live at the heart of these Games:Our shared humanity the respect we give each other, finding lasting friendships and common ground in our diversity.Our shared equality the level playing field on which we compete, providing fairness and opportunity for all.And our shared destiny to do our best here, so we inspire individuals and communities around the world to realise their own aspirations. This is our oath.17.27 IST: Ceremonial Flag arrives at the arena. 6 Athletes carrying the flag: Brendan Williams (Dominica, high jump), Natalie Du Toit (South Africa, Para swimming), Alison Shanks (New Zealand, track cycling), Nicole Forrester (Canada, high jump), Colin Gregor (Scotland, rugby sevens), Rhona Toft (Scotland, hockey)17.21 IST: Smoking Ceremony underway: Luther Cora, a Gold Coast artist, explains its meaning — The Smoking Ceremony cleanses us, blesses us and connects us to the land, and to the country. It is very special, not only for my family and the Yugambeh mob, but for all Indigenous people around Australia. Fire-making remains significant to Indigenous people. It represents the continuous practice and passing on of cultural knowledge to the next generation. We are still here. We are still living in harmony with the land, practising our culture through song and dance, hunting and gathering in a modern world.17.16 IST: Katie Noonan and the Gold Coast Choir are performing You’re Welcome Here.17.15 IST: The Carrara Stadium is looking absolutely spectacular at the moment. 4500 athletes from 71 nations to compete at the Gold Coast Games.17.06 IST: Hosts Australia last team to enter the arena and with that the Parade of Nations concludes. Australian athletes march into Carrara Stadium (AP Photo)17.01 IST: Oceania to conclude the Parade of Nations. Cook Islands to come out first. Other countries will be Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.16.57 IST: Fourteen Caribbean nations walk out now. Anguilla start the Parade of Nations. Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands follow.16.47 IST: And there’s the Pakistan contingent walking in now16.46 IST: Malaysia followed India in the Parade.#Proud moment for us to see our pride #NationalFlag flying high in the hands of @Pvsindhu1 at #GC2018@afiindia @BAI_Media @BFI_basketball @BFI_official @OfficialCFI @TheHockeyIndia @OfficialNRAI @indiasquash @ttfitweet @WeightliftingIN @FederationWrest @ParalympicIndia pic.twitter.com/6I63YG74p0IOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 4, 201816.46 IST: Flag-bearer PV Sindhu leads a strong Indian contingent out in the Parade of Nations. And a loud, loud applause for the Indian athletes. They have had to endure some unpleasant moments with the syringe controversy and Saina Nehwal’s blackmail.advertisementIndia had won 64 medals at the Glasgow Games including 15 Gold medals.16.45 IST: Next up: Asia –Bangladesh lead.16.42 IST: Next up: The Americas are coming out now. Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Falkland Islands, Guyana, St Helena, and The Bahamas.16.40 IST: That concludes the African nations.16.38 IST: Seychelles hold the record for the most Commonwealth Games medals (6) without securing gold16.27 IST: Parade of Nations: Next up — Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, The Gambia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia.16.23 IST: European nations done.16.20 IST: Parade of Nations: Following Team England will be Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, Northern Ireland and Wales.16.15 IST: Parade of Nations gets underway: 2014 CWG hosts Scotland start the parade. CWG 2018: Dancers perform at Carrara Stadium during the opening ceremony (AP Photo)16.10 IST: Ricki-Lee Coulter is singing Technicolour Love after Damien Rider arrives with the Queen’s Baton Relay. Rickie-Lee Coulter performs at the opening ceremony (Reuters Photo)16.04 IST: Australian Defence Force hoists the Australian flag and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.Our #Champion @Pvsindhu1 is #AllSet to lead #TeamIndia in the ‘Parade of the Nations’ at the grand #OpeningCeremony of the @GC2018 #CommonwealthGamesVoice your support and wish us luck in our biggest #GoldQuest at the #GC2018 in #GoldCoast ! pic.twitter.com/E7Q2h3qAS2IOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 4, 201816.01: It’s time for the Australian National Anthem — Advance Australia Fair. CWG 2018 Opening Ceremony: Dignitaries at the stage (Reuters Photo)15.58 IST: Ted Williams’ welcome speech: The Welcome to Country is a customary way to begin an event or gathering, and is performed by Traditional Custodians of the lands on which the event or gathering happens. This is usually done by an Elder, and takes the form of their choosing, be it a ceremony, a dance, a song or a speech. A Welcome to Country honours the customs of Traditional Custodians, allowing them to formally welcome visitors to their Traditional Lands and give their blessing to an activity, event or visit. The inclusion of these welcomes is a way in which valuing and respecting appropriate Indigenous ceremonies lead to an increase in the understanding and mutual respect for the cultural practices of Indigenous Australians through observation of protocols and a sharing in cultural practice. The resonance of these traditional welcomes is that they place great value in such things as the recognition of Indigenous people as the First Australians, the promotion of awareness of the history and the cultures of Indigenous Australians and their contributions to our nation, and formal acknowledgement of their ongoing connection to the land. A Welcome to Country is a meaningful occurrence that allows everyone to be part of Australia’s Reconciliation journey.15.55: Dignitaries are on the stage now: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Louise Martin CBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), The Honourable Peter Beattie AC, the Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Sam Coffa AM, President of Commonwealth Games Australia, Prince of Wales Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker.advertisement15.48 IST: After music, totem ceremony takes centrestage. Reuters Photo15.43 IST: Christine had also performed at the 2000 Olympics. Mau Power is the first rapper from Torres Strait.15.40 IST: Hip hop artist Mau Power and pop star Christine Anaud rock the stage after William Barton played didgeridoo from the peak of the Q1 skyscraper.Its here! Were so excited to #SHARETHEDREAM with you all! pic.twitter.com/yT9tLWkiIJGold Coast 2018 (@GC2018) April 4, 201815.29 IST: The youngest competitor at the CWG 2018 is an 11-year-old competing in Table Tennis.15.15 IST: ROYALTY AT CWG: Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla touched down in Brisbane on Wednesday for the start of their official visit, which will include opening the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Charles will officially open the competition on behalf of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today arrived in Brisbane for the start of a tour of Australia and to officially open the 2018 Commonwealth Games on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.@GC2018 #GC2018 #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/s8I7JlBOR6Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) April 4, 201815.05 IST: GAMES PROGRAM BLUNDER: In an accidental case of the old empire striking back, Commonwealth Games organizers have listed England as part of Africa in the official program. The colorful souvenir edition lists the English capital as Banjul (instead of London), locates it in the Africa region and notes its population as slightly more than 2 million.The Commonwealth crowds are arriving for the @GC2018 Opening Ceremony at the Gold Coast’s Carrara stadium. Thanks for joining us and enjoy the show! pic.twitter.com/TmE4tr1rc7Commonwealth Games Federation (@thecgf) April 4, 2018CWG 2018 Preview:The biggest event in Commonwealth Games history will run through 11 days. More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will be vying for 275 gold medals at the multi-sport event.Moreover, for the first time ever, there will be the same number of men’s and women’s medal events at the Games.The Indian contingent at the ceremony, which consists of over 200 athletes, will be led by flag-bearer P V Sindhu, the Rio Olympic silver medallist.Not jst track, those legs can set on fire d dance floor too Party at @GC2018 has begun & our new 400m champ Hima Das leads d #ATHIND team at #AthletesVillage #ShareTheDream #GC2018 #goldcoast2018 Hv gr8 time team! @ioaindia @SPN_Action @SonyTenSports @tandfn @TejaswinShankar pic.twitter.com/A2YwArMeEAAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 2, 2018The squad also includes double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, and London Olympic bronze medallists Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Gagan Narang.The first gold medal of the event will be contested in the women’s triathlon on Thursday.Australia is hosting the Commonwealth Games for the fifth time.With a massive 222-member contingent, India will aim to showcase its status as a rising sports power with an expected rich medal haul when the 21st Commonwealth Games begin here on Wednesday.India had collected 64 medals (15 gold, 30 silver, 19 bronze) in the previous CWG held in Glasgow and the country will expect to better that performance at Gold Coast. Getting 101 medals in the New Delhi remains a tipping point for India in the CWG but since that took place at home, that mark will be lofty for the Indian contingent.The bulk of India’s medals in the past editions of the CWG have come from shooters, wrestlers, weightlifters and boxers and this time competitors under these four disciplines will look to continue their impressive record.