Share Share: July 29, 2016 August 5, 2016 The flame reaches São Paulo one week before Rio’s Opening Ceremony In São Paulo, in the neighborhood of Vila Madalena you can find a popular street lined with graffiti art called Beco do Batman. The Olympic flame is surrounded in São Paulo’s Parque da Independência, a five acre sanctuary in the middle of Brazil’s most populous city. The Olympic flame visits the Monument of Independence in São Paulo where the founder of Brazil, Pedro I, declared independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822. Music was literally in the air in São Paulo for the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay. These brave performers welcomed the Olympic flame to São Paulo in style. In 2008, judoka Ketleyn Quadros put her name in Brazil’s record books as the first woman from her country to win an individual medal at an Olympic Games. Although he won’t be playing for Brazil during the Games in Rio after injuring his back, Golden State Warrior Anderson Varejao was ble to carry the Olympic flame in São Paulo. Best known as Bob, Robert Dean Silva Burnquist was born in Rio to an American father and a Brazilian mother. Burnquist’s skills revolutionized skateboarding, so it was only right that he ride with the Olympic flame in São Paulo. In São Paulo, in the neighborhood of Vila Madalena you can find a popular street lined with graffiti art called Beco do Batman. A pioneer in Brazilian street art, Speto, carries the Olympic flame through the graffitied streets of Beco do Batman. Sitting on the coast between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the small town of Paraty filled its streets for the Olympic flame. In just one week the Olympic flame arrives in the host city and will transform from a flickering torch to a raging blaze inside the cauldron at Rio’s Opening Ceremony.