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Last Updated: Wednesday September 17 2008 15:47 GMT

In pics: Paralympics closing ceremony

 view of the Closing Ceremony at the National Stadium (Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The 2008 Paralympic Games ended in a spectacular closing ceremony in the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing.

Fireworks lit up the National Stadium (Photo:  GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images

An explosion of fireworks lit up the arena, which was packed out with crowds of 91,000 people.

Athletes start the closing ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games (Photo PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The athletes paraded around carrying their country's flags.

Dancers perform as leaves drop down into the National Stadium (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Teams of dancers put on stunning performances.

Petals falling as dancers perform

And thousands of leaves and petals fell from the sky.

London bus with performers in front of it

The London bus from the Olympics closing ceremony put in another appearance!

Boris Johnson with the International Paralympic flag (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

And London's Mayor, Boris Johnson, took the Paralympic flag to show that London's time as the host city has now begun.