Nearly 7,000 people were took in the International Children's Games opening ceremonies Thursday night.

The ceremonies included a parade of nations, featuring athletes and coaches from 30 countries and 80 cities.

The team from Detroit received loud applause, but when Windsor came out, there was no competition, the applause was deafening.

The audience included family members and friends of the athletes. They witnessed a wide range of entertainment.

There were men on stilts, robots, hundreds of local dancers, music, an aerial gymnastic troupe that performed high above the floor and a BMX extreme sports riding team.

Just before the raising of the Canadian and ICG. flags and the lighting of the games' flame, Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis told everyone that people around the world are starting to take notice of Windsor.

"Thank you for showing the world we can compete with the best of them, and we can be on the world stage," Francis said.

The young athletes gave a thumbs up to the performances at the opening ceremonies.

Torsten Rasch, the president of the children's games, described it as a wonderful start:

"We are very grateful to have such wonderful host like these people from Windsor, Canada, and we are proud to have you in our family with ICG," he said.