Rio readies for Olympic Opening Ceremony

Samba rhythms are in full swing in Rio de Janeiro, with the Olympic torch almost ready to enter the famed Maracana football stadium to get the 2016 Summer Olympic Games officially underway on Friday 5th August.

Brazil has had its share of controversies, concerns and health scares, but now, the stage is set – and it’s time to party.

There was certainly a carnival atmosphere in the iconic beach city on Thursday as the torch was paraded through Madureira, in Rio’s north zone, known for its traditional samba schools.