Dancing Veggies Wow Crowd at Olympics Closing Ceremony

Dozens of ecstatic dancers in colorful broccoli, bell pepper, and berry costumes please and perplex viewers.

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At the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians showed off their diverse musical talent and dance moves—including a large choreographed number with dozens of people dressed up as brightly-colored broccoli, bell pepper, raspberries, and other edible plants. Even at an event that featured a dance performed by clay people and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emerging from a giant green tube dressed as the classic video game character Super Mario, the fluorescent vegetable dancers delighted and mystified stadium spectators and television viewers. Amused Tweets flooded in to #ClosingCeremony expressing admiration (@TaCaGo: “These vegetables are great dancers”), hunger (@clarebalding: “I could really demolish a plate of broccoli now”), and appreciation (@swannsmith: “As we leave Rio, our hosts remind us to eat our vegetables”).

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