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By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday, February 11th, the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school will be parading in the 2018 Carnival. Expected to enter the Sambódromo at 11:25 PM, "Vila" will be...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With themes ranging from an homage to a politician to celebrations of clowns and tricksters to tributes to national musicians, the remaining six samba schools paraded in Rio de...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Unidos de Vila Isabel will be the opening samba school to enter the Sambódromo on the second night of the Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition for the 2016 Carnival...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Well known for their sambas de enredo (Carnival theme songs) G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel will enter the famed Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, February 15th...
By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Last year Vila Isabel basked in the glory of becoming the Carnival 2013 champions. This year, the once underdogs are now facing a list of challenges all due to lack...
By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Carnival 2013 champions, G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel, known as Vila Isabel for short, is known for its famous supporters and samba composers that attribute to the schools enredo (theme)...
By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The holiday season is picking up steam which means plans are already coming together for the 2014 Carnival festivities, with the official dates of February 28th to March 4th this...
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, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Another incredible Carnival at the Sambódromo in Rio drew to a close last Saturday (February 16th) with the samba schools Champions’ Parade. Crowds turned out in full force to...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After weeks of celebrations and the samba school finale in Sambódromo, the big post-Carnival clean-up is underway in Rio. City officials say some 770 tons of garbage have been...
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