The Rio Games closing ceremony opened with original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man who Brazilians recognize as the inventor of the airplane.
Brazilians also believe he is the first to ever wear a wristwatch, an invention made by a friend so he could see the time in flight.
Dressed in colorful feathers, dozens of dancers formed in the shape of the arches of Lapa, a popular area of Rio akin to Roman ruins, then morphed to make the shape of iconic Sugarloaf before quickly changing again, this time to the official 2016 symbol.
Martinho da Vila, a popular singer whose tunes make their way into many popular telenovelas, sang “Carinhoso,” or “Affectionate.”
Following the national anthem, athletes carried their countries’ flags into the arena during Sunday’s ceremony.
The ceremony took place on a rainy and windy Sunday night in the same arena as the site of Brazil’s greatest accomplishment of the Olympics — a gold medal in men’s soccer.