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Let the Games Begin! Cute Photos from Rio Olympics 2016 #OpeningCeremony

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The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro just ended a few hours ago, and we just can’t get enough of the beauty.

The ceremony was directed by one of Brazil’s most renowned filmmakers, Fernando Meirelles. Meirelles is best known for his 2002 movie, City of God, set in the 1980s and features the drug trade and violent crime in Rio’s impoverished Favela neighborhoods.

The ceremony took place at the Maracana Stadium in Rio, Brazil.

For your viewing pleasure:

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: The Olympic Rings are formed in green foliage during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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9 Comments

  1. Prince

    August 6, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Fantastically Beautiful. But Bella, your country picture isn’t too good o

  2. Tru

    August 6, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I loved the history and beautifully choreographed stories of the opening. So much better than London 2012!

    • Me

      August 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Really it was better than London 2012? I reserve my comment… This was the most boring and unspectacular opening ceremony, even Sydney 2000 that was 16 years ago had a greater opening ceremony where they made everything look like it was happening inside water… I must commend Brazil though because I know they are not as rich as other countries.

    • Bill

      August 8, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Brazil is the only open ceremony to reflect the true nature of it’s people so far!! As divided as the media painted Brazil, Brazil just show the world a different picture! From Rain forest to slavery to indigenous people!! Cultural difference at the highest level coming together for one common cause.

      Sometime we are shown quality but can not see it because we have different expectation!! ??let’s try not to Judge a country by our indifference too high of expectations!!! It’s always good to learn something new!!

  3. Jasmine

    August 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Wow!!!

  4. Mabel

    August 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I don’t know, I wasn’t feeling it all that much.

  5. Kelly

    August 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Bellanaija. Did you take the pictures??? Stop putting watermarks on pictures you didn’t take even though you paid for it via Getty images. It’s wrong.

  6. Mama

    August 7, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Does anyone know where i can watch the full opening ceremony online? I missed it and i’ve been searching, there’s none on youtube. Please drop links. Thanks!

  7. Bill

    August 8, 2016 at 9:21 am

    That was amazing! It was so earnest, so optimistic. Rio’s low-budget song included its art, its beauty, its energy, its cool, its party, and Gisele’s majestic, confident final catwalk, which remains one of the most awe-inspiring things any country could conjure. Like Rio, this ceremony was really beautiful.

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