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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Taking place on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th at Praça da Apoteose, the home of the internationally famous Carnival parade competitions, the Samba in Rio Festival will...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The remaining six samba schools from the Special Group paraded in Rio’s Sambódromo on Monday, February 16th, bringing the 2015 Carnival championship competition to a close. First to...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the most traditional samba schools, the Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Portela is getting ready to parade down the Sambódromo on the second night of the Special Group...
By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A samba school full of rich tradition but no stranger to challenges, G.R.E.S Portela will be the second to last school to parade of the Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition...
By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Two legendary samba schools, Vila Isabel and Portela, will face off in this Saturday's edition of the “Feijoada Nota 10” (Perfect 10 Feijoada) cook-off, a competition pitting Grupo Especial (Special...
By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With the official dates of Carnival 2012 almost upon us, all eyes turn to the Grupo Especial (Special Group), the largest and most accomplished samba schools in the world. The...
By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Police opened up an investigation yesterday into an incident that occurred on Sunday night during a rehearsal for the Portela samba school in Madureira, Zona Norte (North...
By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Founded in 1923, G.R.E.S Portela is regarded as the oldest and most traditional samba school in Rio de Janeiro, where it represents the neighborhood of Madureira in the city’s Zona...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A devastating fire raged through the Cidade do Samba last Monday, February 7th, completely destroying three Barracões (Carnival industrial workshops) within the Carnival industrial complex in Gamboa, down-town Rio. ...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - December marks the beginning of the summer season in Rio, with temperatures going up and the city slowing down. Anticipation has already started to build for the festivities ahead...
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