The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are off to a rollicking start, judging from the opening ceremony

By Alex Heigl
Updated August 05, 2016 08:40 PM
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The opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are well underway, but thanks to the magic of Instagram, you don’t have to be in Brazil – or watching NBC’s delayed-by-an-hour broadcast – to be all caught up on what’s happening. Below, take a look at the inside of Estédio Jornalista Mério Filho – or as it’s more popularly known, Maracanã Stadium – during the opening ceremonies, as captured through the lenses of athletes, networks and more.

A look at the stadium before the ceremony:

… and things start off with a bang!

Or, like, many bangs.

Presumably, Michael Phelps is on the other end of this flagpole:

Cellphones: the new Bic lighter at concerts and sporting events.

Did we mention the fireworks?

Because there were a lot of fireworks, that’s what we’re saying.

Also some pretty impressive light work:

Okay, this one isn’t technically from inside the stadium, but still.

Lookit the pretty colors!