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 of financial sponsorship from three companies, calculated at R$6.718 Million.

The samba school's carnival designer, Cid Carvalho, also admitted that Vila Isabel is facing delays in the production of its parade floats. The situation, however, is . . .

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