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In pictures: Rio 2016 opening ceremony

20:42 | 06/08/2016

Scenes from the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony on August 6, 2016, at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Brazilian performers wearing silver buckets hats rustle giant ‘goon bags’ at the beginning of the show.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

A ‘goon bag’ is the plastic container holding the liquid inside a box or cask of (usually) cheap wine.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Performers hold strings to create spirals of green on the floor of the Maracana Stadium.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony
in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Fireworks explode as the show kicks off.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Brazil’s love of dancing showcases the opening ceremony along with plenty of colour and fireworks igniting around rim of the stadium.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Model Gisele Bundchen on stage as The Model from Ipanema.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Artistic dance during opening ceremony.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

African and European performers stage musical repertoire.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Flagbearers lead each team into the stadium. This is a view of the German team.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Australian flagbearer Anna Meares leads her team out during the opening ceremony.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Rafael Nadal carries the flag of Spain during the ceremony.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Brazil’s flag is raised at the ceremony.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

The Olympic Cauldron is lit by the final torch bearer Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima during the opening ceremony

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Confetti shoots up into the air as the Olympic rings are formed at the ceremony.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

Members of the Vietnamese contingent during the opening ceremony.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

A new Olympics officially begins.

in pictures rio 2016 opening ceremony

As the lights of the stadium dimmed during the show the only illumination was coming from the lights of thousands of fans' cell phones.

Source: VOV