The long awaited Rio 2016 Olympics began on Saturday morning AEST with a dazzling lights display at the famous Maracana Stadium.
The Games kicked off in spectacular fashion with a colourful opening ceremony that celebrated global diversity.
The show was a riot of music and a celebration of Brazil's multi-ethnic history, watched by audiences around the world.
Samba music featured prominently at the event, put together by the City of God director Fernando Ferreira Meirelles.
Supermodel Gisele dazzled the crowds at the opening ceremony, in what was billed as her final cat walk appearance.
Millions of people across the planet are expected to watch the Games!
Good luck to all athletes, coaches and officials involved!
Photo Credit: Alex Coppel