Rio Olympics 2016: Opening ceremony celebrates Brazil to open Games

Rio Firework 2016
Rio Firework 2016

The 2016 Olympics have been formally opened with a colourful and pulsating ceremony at Rio’s Maracana stadium.

Broadcast to an estimated audience of three billion, it celebrated Brazil’s history, culture and natural beauty, before former marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron.

Fireworks explode above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony
Fireworks explode above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony
Fireworks explode over Maracana Stadium with the Prazeres 'favela' community in the foreground during opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Fireworks explode over Maracana Stadium with the Prazeres ‘favela’ community in the foreground during opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Maracana Stadium is lit by fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic GamesThe carnival capital of the world is hoping the extravaganza at the Maracana Stadium will draw a line under a turbulent seven-year build-up dogged by recession, rising crime and doping scandals. / AFP / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Maracana Stadium is lit by fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic GamesThe carnival capital of the world is hoping the extravaganza at the Maracana Stadium will draw a line under a turbulent seven-year build-up dogged by recession,

 

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment during the Opening Ceremony.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment during the Opening Ceremony.

 

A street map and mockup of a favela fill the floor of Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony.
A street map and mockup of a favela fill the floor of Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony.

 

Performers scale mock buildings in Maracana Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony. #
Performers scale mock buildings in Maracana Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony. #
A dancer performs in Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016
A dancer performs in Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016
Dancers peform the Pop: Tropical Nation segment of the Opening Ceremony
Dancers peform the Pop: Tropical Nation segment of the Opening Ceremony
Locals in Rio watch the opening ceremony on TV
Locals in Rio watch the opening ceremony on TV
Athletes from around the world gather on the floor of Maracana Stadium
Athletes from around the world gather on the floor of Maracana Stadium
Young performers run into Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016
Young performers run into Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016
Rose Lokonyen Nathike carries the flag of Refugee Olympic Team during the opening ceremony on August 5, 2016.
Rose Lokonyen Nathike carries the flag of Refugee Olympic Team during the opening ceremony on August 5, 2016.
Australian athletes take a selfie as they march into Maracana Stadium.
Australian athletes take a selfie as they march into Maracana Stadium.
Members of Team China arrives in the stadium.
Members of Team China arrives in the stadium.

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