The 2016 Summer Olympics officially kicked off on Friday with the opening ceremony held in Rio’s
The ceremony began with a celebration of the history of the nation, continued with the traditional parade of athletes and nations, and finished with an incredible fireworks display.
Below we take a look at the most memorable moments from opening night.
The ceremony began with the evolution of Brazil, from a time prior to people, to the arrival of the Portuguese.
And there was the influx of Japanese. No other country in the world has more people of Japanese descent than Brazil.
The evolution of Brazil was capped by supermodel Gisele Bündchen walking across the stage as if to represent the peak of Brazilian evolution.
It seemed like there was a momentary glitch in the Matrix. In reality, the opening ceremony set out to promote a more environmentally friendly nation and world.
There was a planted tree to represent the reforestation of Brazil. That included a young boy taking a selfie with the tree.
Iran used archer Zahra Nemati as their flag bearer. A former Paralympian, she qualified for the Rio Olympics this time around.
Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, a Brazilian marathoner who won bronze in 2004 after being attacked by a spectator during the race, carried the flame to the cauldron.
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