LONDON - London has passed on the Games baton during a dazzling ceremony marking the close of the 2012 Paralympics.
Props and costumes that looked like they were borrowed from a Mad Max film set mixed with flame-throwers, fireworks and a wondrous lights display to captivate a capacity audience on Sunday night, officially ending 11 days of Paralympic competition.
Best-selling British band Coldplay performed 10 live tracks, including Yellow, Paradise, Clocks and The Scientist.
In a huge crowd-pleaser the four-piece outfit was joined by US singer Rihanna, before the diva delivered dance hit, We Found Love, from a swinging seat suspended in the arena.
Grammy award winner Jay-Z also came on board for a rendition of Run This Town.
Earlier in the evening Canberra track star Evan O'Hanlon brought the Australian flag into the stadium.
The 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy, won two gold medals and set two world records in his 100m and 200m events at the London Paralympics.
"I think there has been amazing performances individually by a lot of athletes in the Australian team and to be given the opportunity to bear the flag at the closing ceremony is an honour," two-time Paralympian O'Hanlon said.
Australia's squad of 161 competitors were part of a record 4200 athletes at the 2012 event, declared "the greatest Paralympic Games ever" by International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven.
Team green and gold finished fifth overall in the medal standings, with 32 gold, 23 silver and 30 bronze.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson gave a giant Paralympic flag one last wave before passing it to Eduardo Paes, the Mayor of 2016 Games host city, Rio de Janeiro.
An outbreak of upbeat Brazilian tunes soon followed.
British stars, swimmer Ellie Simmonds and sprinter Johnny Peacock, lit lanterns from the stadium's giant cauldron which was then extinguished.
Games Organising Committee chairman Sebastian Coe praised athletes, volunteers, spectators and Britons for a "wonderful" achievement.
"There are some famous words you can find stamped on the bottom of a product. Words, that when you read them, you know mean high quality, mean skill, mean creativity," he told the closing ceremony crowd.
"We have stamped those words on the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012."