It was a splendid opening ceremony, mostly done with laser beams and telling the history of Brazil. I especially liked the reference to the greening of our planet, the need for tree planting as a single boy came on with one tree. Later the athletes each had seeds to place on a wall to be planted later. Other significant references were to peace using paper doves and kites. The cauldron was lit and placed in a spectacular star shaped design. We enjoyed watching the different Pacific Islander nations march in, especially Fiji and Tonga. So it was an excellent opening for the Olympic Games in Rio.