Evandro Mesquita, a local carioca celebrity, running with the Olympic torch near Arpoador, surrounded by uncountable policemen and official vehicles.
Jogging along the shore of Ipanema is a habit for many Cariocas, this time it was a bit more special, as jogging with the Olympic Torch is quite unique.
But can you see the torch?!
Besides the great street party – It was hard to see the torch passing by with so many policemen around the person carrying it. It was impressive to think of the amount of cash spent to mobilize so many people to secure the way. Although not shown on this photograph, there were hundreds if not thousands of policemen and army people along the corridor of the torch relay!
Guess they were not all there to stop this kind of behavior (see video).
Preceding the torch there were buses and trucks from all sorts of sponsors – so much marketing that it felt like the Olympic Spirit had been lost somewhere far from here.
Photo taken on 05/Aug/2016