Rio celebrates start of Olympic year with special fireworks

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 1 (IANS) The arrival of the year of 2016 Rio Olympics was marked here with a special fireworks show at the famous Copacabana Beach on Thursday-Friday night.

The fireworks show is a traditional New Year’s Eve party in Rio held every year. But this year — with less than eight months to go till the Rio Olympics, a special fireworks show highlighting the Olympic spirit through images and sounds was displayed, reports Xinhua.

“We start the year of the Olympics. We think that 2016 is a year to stay in the city’s history. Nothing better to start this year with this very special party, which is the Copacabana New Year’s Eve,” said Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.

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