Best Pictures from the World Cup Opening Ceremony

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalJune 12, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A performer is carried in a boat during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Thursday's World Cup opening ceremony was a predictably bright and colourful affair in Sao Paulo.

Here are a selection of the best images.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: The Happiness Flag is seen as artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (P
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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12:  Mexico fans cheer wearing large peacock feathered headdresses before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao P
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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A fan holds up a sign before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/
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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans with painted faces smile before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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