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The people of Naples have welcomed the America's Cup World Series to town with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Piazza Plebiscito, one of the largest public squares in the city.

Videos paying tribute to each crew were played on a giant screen, and as expected, the crowd roared with exuberance for Luna Rossa, the Italian challenger.

Several teams have already been training on the Bay of Naples for several days and on Sunday many are expected to take part in the Coast Parade, a distance race set-up by the local organizing committee.

Official practise begins on Wednesday, with Championship Racing in the America's Cup World Series Naples from Thursday to Sunday.