With the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro offering spectacle and global pride, there are countless moments that viewers and participants could have missed. The NBC broadcast is also delayed by an hour, leaving many wondering how all the festivities are playing out.
Thanks to the power of social media also being global, Olympians, their supporters, and opening ceremony attendees have been documenting the event since it started Friday night. Below are Instagram posts and Tweets offering a peek inside the ceremony at the Maracaña Stadium in Brazil, and even behind-the-scenes in a few.
The opening number of course had to have lights, and this display spelling out Rio really sets the stage.
More fireworks and elaborate displays add to the visual drama and excitement.
An intricate weaving structure moved the crowd and started a group song.
Here comes Team USA!
The Republic of China and Canada are also taking their place.
Here’s a look from the ground floor from Team Canada’s volleyball player John Perrin.
The birth country of the Olympics — Greece — gets to lead the team procession.
Germany has 422 competitors participating in the Rio Games.
Australian tennis player John Peers shares a shot of his teammates waiting to enter the ceremony.
UK swimmer Tom Daley also shared a shot of his fellow athletes.
User Elliott managed to find his dad, U.S. Pentathlon team manager Greg Rosenbaum, in the crowd.