A parade of young athletes and marching bands marks the official opening of the sixteenth Community Games in Dublin.

The ceremony began with the lighting of the Bowl of Light or the symbolic Olympic flame outside the General Post Office (GPO) followed by a reading of the Community Games Pledge.

Our aim shall not be victory at any price but we shall genuinely seek to unite our community in a friendly sporting competition.

Members of the Dublin Cadet Branch of the Order of Malta lined part of the parade route. 

While the parade marks the official opening of the community games, the events began months ago. 

The music, dancing and of course plenty of sunshine raised everyone's spirits.

Mr Michael Keating was in attendance at what was his first official function as newly appointed Lord Mayor of Dublin. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 July 1983. The reporter is Michelle McCaughren.