Crowds celebrated on the beach of Copacabana while lines formed outside of the Beach Volleyball Arena. The atmosphere was energetic as Brazilians were chanting and blowing whistles with seas of yellow and blue Brazil soccer jersey flooding the sand.
Brazil is the first South American country to host the Olympic games and this leaves Brazilians proud of this triumph.
Aline Almeida, of Sao Paulo, is here in Rio to watch Gymnastics while her husband is here to watch Michael Phelps swim.
“I’m super happy,” Almeida said, “I feel very proud to be Brazilian right now.”
Each Olympics bring many countries and cultures together over the span of 19 days. The festivities create a common bond between very different people, Almeida said.
“We’re all the same,” she said.
Danielle Pavuna, of Rio de Janeiro, wore all-Brazilian flag clothes. From her pirate hat to Havaianas, Pavuna was 100 percent Brazil.
“I’m wearing this outfit because I’m Brazilian and I have to dress like one.”
Pavuna said Brazilians are very festive people, and hopes that those visiting Rio for the games will return for the view.
“They won’t have a reason not come back, our country is beautiful, we have wonderful beaches and it’s all pretty organized, just the way they tourists like it,” Pavuna said.
Leandro Torres was out with friends and buying beer to commemorate the opening day of Beach Volleyball. Torres shares Pavuna’s hope of spectators returning to Rio.
“I think people will definitely come back, not because of what they saw at the Olympics, but because of Rio itself,” Torres said.