The games of the 31st Olympiad are now under way in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Organizers kicked off the proceedings with a colorful opening ceremony that highlighted Brazilian history and culture, and featured messages of hope and of care for the environment. Singers, lightshows, the Parade of Nations, multimedia performances, and Samba dances were all followed by the the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron in Maracana Stadium, and the beginning of the  Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. [42 photos total]

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The Olympic Cauldron is lit at the Olympic Boulevard for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5, 2016. (David Ramos / Getty) #
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Fireworks explode above the stadium roof during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016. (Patrick Smith / Getty) #
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Projections cover the floor of Maracana Stadium as performers take part in the Olympic Opening Ceremony. (Morry Gash / Reuters) #
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Performers manipulate a large insect puppet during the opening ceremony. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) #
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Dancers run into place during the opening ceremony, part of a piece depicting the rise of Brazil's rainforest. (Leon Neal / AFP / Getty) #
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Dancers perform in Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016. (Markus Schreiber / AP) #
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A performer portrays a Portuguese explorer on a ship during the Opening Ceremony. (Cameron Spencer / Getty) #
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Dancers perform in Maracana stadium in Rio on August 5, 2016. (Leon Neal / AFP / Getty) #
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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment during the Opening Ceremony. (Jamie Squire / Getty) #
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Paulinho da Viola performs during the Opening Ceremony. (David Rogers / Getty) #
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The Brazilian flag flaps in the breeze in Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016. (David Rogers / Getty) #
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A street map and mockup of a favela fill the floor of Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony. (Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters) #
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Performers scale mock buildings in Maracana Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony. (Tim de Waele / Corbis via Getty) #
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A dancer performs in Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016. (Clive Brunskill / Getty) #
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Dancers fling sparks during the opening ceremony in Rio. (Leon Neal / AFP / Getty) #
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Dancers peform the Pop: Tropical Nation segment of the Opening Ceremony. (Clive Mason / Getty) #
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Dancers perform in Maracana Stadium. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty) #
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Spectators raise lights as part of the show in Rio on August 5, 2016. (Ezra Shaw / Getty) #
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Maracana Stadium is lit by fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Damien Meyer / AFP / Getty) #
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A dancer performs "A Simple Idea that Helps A Lot" segment in Maracana Stadium. (Jamie Squire / Getty) #
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Fireworks explode to form the Olympic Rings above Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016. (Ezra Shaw / Getty) #
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Fireworks explode above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony. (Richard Heathcote / Getty) #
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Volunteers and participants look up and photograph the show during the Rio 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony. (Cameron Spencer / Getty) #
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Locals in Rio watch the opening ceremony on TV. (Ricardo Moraes / Reuters) #
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A member of the South Korean delegation smiles during the opening ceremony. (Leon Neal / AFP / Getty) #
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Members of the Bolivian team walk in the "Parade of Nations" segment, on August 5, 2016. (Cameron Spencer / Getty) #
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Team Canada emerges into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. (Patrick Smith / Getty) #
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Michael Phelps carries the flag of the United States during the 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony. (Matt Slocum / AP) #
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Australian athletes take a selfie as they march into Maracana Stadium. (Matt Slocum / AP) #
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Members of Team China arrives in the stadium. (David J. Phillip / AP) #
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Rose Lokonyen Nathike carries the flag of Refugee Olympic Team during the opening ceremony on August 5, 2016. (Jae C. Hong / AP) #
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Members of South Africa's delegation dance during the Parade of Nations in Maracana Stadium. (Leon Neal / AFP / Getty) #
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Athletes from around the world gather on the floor of Maracana Stadium. (David Rogers / Getty) #
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Samba dancers perform during the opening ceremony in Rio. (William West / AFP / Getty) #
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An audience member takes a picture during the opening ceremony on August 5, 2016. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) #
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Young performers run into Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016. (Cameron Spencer / Getty) #
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Former Brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten carries the Olympic torch into Maracana stadium in Rio on August 5, 2016. (Olivier Morin / AFP / Getty) #
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Hortencia Marcari is photographed by dozens of athletes as she carries the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony. (William West / AFP / Getty) #
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Former Brazilian athlete Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima climbs stairs to the Olympic cauldron with the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. (Adrian Dennis / AFP / Getty) #
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Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lights the Olympic cauldron with the Olympic torch on August 5, 2016. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty) #
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The Olympic flame burns in a cauldron backed by a kinetic sculpture during the 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony. (Ian MacNicol / Getty) #
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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. (Mario Tama / Getty) #

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