Last night was the opening ceremony for Arctic Winter Games 2014 in Fairbanks, Alaska and it all went off without a hitch, after a brief power outage about 20 minutes before the event was set to begin.

About 2,000 young people from across the circumpolar world took part in a parade of uniforms.

And about 4,000 parents, family and friends watched from the stands in the Carlson Centre, one of the flagship venues for the games.

The opening events also included a concert by Pamyua, a Yupik musical group from Anchorage, well-known to many in the circumpolar world.

Athletes and fans heard singing from the North Pole High School choir from Fairbanks.

And some Alaskan athletes ran through the stadium to light the cauldron, a legacy project for these games which will remain a permanent installation outside the Carlson Centre.