08/12/2012 05:58 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Spice Girls & Closing Ceremony: Posh, Sporty, Scary, Baby and Ginger Take Us Back At Olympics

Forget Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps or McKayla Maroney's stankface. The biggest story of the Olympics has finally come to fruition: The Spice Girls are back.

The group performed at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, running through a medley of hits that included "Wannabe" (natch) and "Spice Up Your Life."

They arrived on the big stage in five separate black cabs, or hackney carriages.

A number of news reports had placed the group as the final act of the widely anticipated event, which had been billed as a grand celebration of British pop music. They were not the finale of the show, however, as Muse, Queen and a host of other acts followed their fun performance. The Who ended the evening with a strong set.

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As HuffPost Entertainment reported earlier, there was a wild flair to the whole proceedings:

The festivities featured a street party, a portly man in a Batman suit, Madness and a host of other quirky, ostensibly British moments. At one point, a man wearing a kilt was flying while playing the saxophone.

London's boy band of the moment, One Direction, also performed, charming their way through "What Makes You Beautiful." Russell Brand sang "I Am The Walrus," Fatboy Slim DJ'd and John Lennon appeared in a video exclusively remastered by Yoko Ono. Lennon's performance of "Imagine" was an inspired moment and a true highlight of the evening.

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The Spice Girls' biggest single, "Wannabe" was released a short 16 years ago, and they've been broken up for over a decade, but they ably met expectations on Sunday night in London.

Check out photos from the big night below.

Olympic Closing Ceremony London 2012