More Colorful Photos From Rio Olympics As Brazil Ignites The Samba Spirit!

Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, who was famously attacked during a 2004 marathon by a spectator,  lights the Olympic flame to bring the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to an end

Rio's Olympic Games have officially begun after Friday's Opening Ceremony - a celebration of Brazilian culture featuring Gisele, carnival-style dancing and an elaborate light display.

But many were left unimpressed by the cut-price ceremony - which cost just a tenth of London's in 2012, branding it 'boring'.

Others were furious that the money had been spent on the Olympics during Brazil's worst recession in recent years.

That anger erupted into protests outside the stadium as demonstrators, also frustrated over the presence of Brazil's acting president Michel Temer, clashed with police who used tear gas on the protesters.

Inside the stadium, others showed their anger through the thousands of seats left unsold as the Opening Ceremony began.

The 80,000-seater Maracana Stadium was less than two thirds full when the lights went down. A Brazilian presenter told the audience: 'We are 60,000 people soon to be joined by three billion' on TV. Twenty minutes before the world tuned in, many of the seats of the 'sold out' show remained empty.
Soccer star Pele was due to light the cauldron as the climax of the show but had to pull due to poor health

The Brazilian marathon runner, de Lima, carries the Olympic flame up the stairs towards the cauldron during the opening ceremony

Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima holds up the Olympic flame to the crowd of tens of thousands before lighting the cauldron

Brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten brought the flame into the stadium and passed it to 1996 Olympic women’s basketball silver medalist Hortência Marcari who gave it to de Lima.

Brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten brought the flame into the stadium and passed it to 1996 Olympic women’s basketball silver medalist Hortência Marcari who gave it to de Lima.

Fireworks are seen during the Opening ceremony for Rio 2016 Olympic games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016

Fireworks explode at the culmination of the opening ceremony on Friday night - officially kicking off the Games

The Rio Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, at Maracana Stadium, came to a close with a spectacular fireworks display

Fireworks explode over the Maracana stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Fireworks explode to form the Olympic Rings during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

People watch fireworks exploding over the Maracana stadium, from the favela Mangueira, during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Spectators watch the end of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic rings are formed with sprouting seed boxes during the ceremony - another nod to this year's focus on climate change

Samba school dancers show off their moves during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

The dancers donned elaborate and colorful costumes for their performance at the end of the night

The skimpy outfits, which resemble those worn at Rio's Carnival, were worn by dancers in the final display of the night

Samba schools's most talented performers danced during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Scores of dancers and drummers from various Samba Schools joined the stage in a rainbow of different colors 

Dancers in bright pink and blue costumes showed off their skills during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Confetti falls from the ceiling onto the dancers down below at the end of the ceremony

Drummers in green makeup and costumes joined in with the festivities during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A woman, wearing a giant lilac dress waves the flag of her samba school at the event 

Members of a Samba school enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium 

The cauldron is mounted on a giant sun sculpture bearing which moves with the lit flame
The cauldron is mounted on a giant sun sculpture bearing which moves with the lit flame


Fireworks explode over the Olympic cauldron with the Olympic Flame during the opening ceremony
Fireworks explode over the Olympic cauldron with the Olympic Flame during the opening ceremony

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