Olympics Opening Ceremony Live: Updates, Highlights, Photos From Rio

The official beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro kicks off Friday night with the Opening Ceremony.

It will be a celebration of sport, competition, friendship and Brazilian culture. Unfortunately, Brazilian soccer legend Pele is not feeling well and won’t be able to make it, but the event should still provide plenty of memories.

Keep it right here for the latest news, updates and highlights from the Opening Ceremony in Rio.

11 p.m.: An amazing overhead picture.

Here’s another view.

10:57 p.m.: Vanderlei Lima lights the Olympic cauldron and the Opening Ceremony is over.

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10:53 p.m.: Here’s Gustavo Kuerten with the Olympic torch.

Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Gustavo Kuerten carries the torch during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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10:50 p.m.: Brazilian sports legends are taking turns.

10:48 p.m.: The torch has entered Maracana Stadium!

10:40 p.m.: The Olympic Games are declared open by Brazil’s interim president, as fireworks go off.

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10:30 p.m.: IOC president Thomas Bach addresses the ceremony towards the end.

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10:15 p.m.: Here’s host nation Brazil.

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9:45 p.m.: The parade of nations keeps rolling with Russia.

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9:25 p.m.: A few more.

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9:10 p.m.: Some interesting uniforms.

Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nicole Velden carries the Aruba flag during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mijain Lopez Nunez carries the Cuba flag during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Michael Phelps of the United States of America holds his nation's flag as his fellow Olympians follow during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; USA basketball players Klay Thompson , Kevin Durant , Draymond Green during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Guam athletes walk into the stadium during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

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8:45 p.m.: The United States of America, led by Michael Phelps!

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8:40 p.m.: Here are some more nations.

8:20 p.m.: Here’s Canada!

8:15 p.m.: The athletes have started to walk in the Parade of Nations.

8 p.m.: Gisele Bundchen, famous supermodel and wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has made an appearance.

7:30 p.m.: Here are some cool photos from various skits and performances.

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7:10 p.m.: Pretty cool.

7 p.m.: The Opening Ceremony has started in Brazil, but NBC’s not showing it until 7:30 p.m. ET.

6:42 p.m.: There will be plenty of dancing tonight.

6:40 p.m.: Here are some cool photos.

5:15 p.m.: A bit of breaking news ahead of the ceremony.

5:05 p.m.: Here’s a non-Opening Ceremony tweet from the Olympics.

5 p.m. ET: It’ll be interesting to see how this translates on television.

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