Watching the Paralympic Parade of Nations in Primetime? Here's When Each Team Arrives

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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 24: Members of the Refugee Paralympic Team participate in the parade of nations during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 24: Members of the Refugee Paralympic Team participate in the parade of nations during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The Tokyo Paralympics kicked off in spectacular fashion on Tuesday, but if you missed the festivities, you still have one more opportunity to watch this year's opening ceremony. For the first time ever, the Paralympics will be aired in primetime, starting tonight at 7 p.m. ET, when NBCSN will replay coverage of the opening ceremony. (Remember, Japan is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast, so events that air in primetime are often repackaged for American viewers.) Like in Paralympics past, the opening ceremony in Tokyo begins with a powerful performance, followed by the Parade of Nations made up of 163 delegations, who enter the stadium behind their country's flag.

This year, the Refugee Paralympic Team is the first group to arrive. The rest of the parade follows suit, with most countries entering in the order of the Japanese alphabet. The last three teams to enter are the future and current host countries: the United States (which will host the Summer Paralympics in 2028), France (the hosts for 2024), and Japan. Curious about the rest? We've compiled a complete list of the 163 teams participating in this year's Paralympics, in the order they appear, so you know exactly when to expect your teams to arrive.

  1. Refugee Paralympic Team

  2. Iceland

  3. Ireland

  4. Azerbaijan

  5. Afghanistan (Carried in by a volunteer as a symbol of "solidarity and peace.")

  6. United Arab Emirates

  7. Algeria

  8. Argentina

  9. Aruba

  10. Armenia

  11. Angola

  12. Yemen

  13. Israel

  14. Italy

  15. Iraq

  16. Iran

  17. India

  18. Indonesia

  19. Uganda

  20. Ukraine

  21. Uzbekistan

  22. Uruguay

  23. Great Britain

  24. Ecuador

  25. Egypt

  26. Estonia

  27. Ethiopia

  28. Russian Paralympic Committee

  29. El Salvador

  30. Australia

  31. Austria

  32. Oman

  33. Netherlands

  34. Ghana

  35. Cape Verde

  36. Guyana

  37. Kazakhstan

  38. Qatar

  39. Canada

  40. Gabon

  41. Cameroon

  42. Gambia

  43. Cambodia

  44. North Macedonia

  45. Guinea

  46. Guinea-Bissau

  47. Cyprus

  48. Cuba

  49. Greece

  50. Kyrgyzstan

  51. Guatemala

  52. Kuwait

  53. Grenada

  54. Croatia

  55. Kenya

  56. Côte d'Ivoire

  57. Costa Rica

  58. Colombia

  59. Congo

  60. Democratic Republic of the Congo

  61. Saudi Arabia

  62. São Tomé and Príncipe

  63. Zambia

  64. Sierra Leone

  65. Jamaica

  66. Georgia

  67. Syria

  68. Singapore

  69. Zimbabwe

  70. Switzerland

  71. Sweden

  72. Spain

  73. Sri Lanka

  74. Slovakia

  75. Slovenia

  76. Senegal

  77. Serbia

  78. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  79. Somalia

  80. Solomon Islands

  81. Thailand

  82. South Korea

  83. Chinese Taipei

  84. Tajikistan

  85. Tanzania

  86. Czech Republic

  87. Central African Republic

  88. China

  89. Tunisia

  90. Chile

  91. Denmark

  92. Germany

  93. Togo

  94. Dominican Republic

  95. Turkey

  96. Nigeria

  97. Namibia

  98. Nicaragua

  99. Niger

  100. New Zealand

  101. Nepal

  102. Norway

  103. Bahrain

  104. Haiti

  105. Pakistan

  106. Panama

  107. Papua New Guinea

  108. Bermuda

  109. Paraguay

  110. Barbados

  111. Palestine

  112. Hungary

  113. Fiji

  114. Philippines

  115. Finland

  116. Bhutan

  117. Puerto Rico

  118. Faroe Islands

  119. Brazil

  120. Bulgaria

  121. Burkina Faso

  122. Burundi

  123. Virgin Islands

  124. Vietnam

  125. Benin

  126. Venezuela

  127. Belarus

  128. Peru

  129. Belgium

  130. Poland

  131. Bosnia and Herzegovina

  132. Botswana

  133. Portugal

  134. Hong Kong

  135. Honduras

  136. Madagascar

  137. Malawi

  138. Mali

  139. Malta

  140. South Africa

  141. Mexico

  142. Mauritius

  143. Mozambique

  144. Maldives

  145. Moldova

  146. Morocco

  147. Mongolia

  148. Malaysia

  149. Montenegro

  150. Jordan

  151. Laos

  152. Latvia

  153. Lithuania

  154. Libya

  155. Liberia

  156. Romania

  157. Luxembourg

  158. Rwanda

  159. Lesotho

  160. Lebanon

  161. United States

  162. France

  163. Japan

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