The glamorous, though budget-conscious, opening of the Games disguised Brazil’s wounds for a few hours and let the country celebrate its history. - From http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/06/sports/olympics/summer-games-opening-ceremony-rio.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
The city’s preparations for the Olympics were marked by a long string of fiascos, including the recent collapse of an oceanfront bicycle path that killed two men.
About 51 percent of the population define themselves as black or mixed race, according to the 2010 census.
Temer, the broadly unpopular interim president, and Jair Bolsonaro, an ultraconservative congressman with rising political clout who talks with revulsion about Haitian immigrants to Brazil and defends the torture of drug traffickers.
Various stunning musical performances marked the extravaganza, with a new generation of performers like MC Soffia, a 12-year-old rapper from São Paulo’s hardscrabble periphery joining giants of Brazilian music like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.
In one of the more thrilling moments, dancers representing the Bate-Bolas, a raucous Carnival tradition in Rio, enacted a clash with dancers representing Maracatu, a Carnival tradition from the northeastern state of Pernambuco.