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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Thirteen-time Carnival Champion samba school, Beija-Flor de Nilópolis will parade third during the first night of Grupo Especial (Special Group) competitions this year on February 7th. During the parade the school will pay tribute to Marquês de Sapucaí in the venue named for the historic figure, the famed Sambódromo Marquês de Sapucaí.

Beija-Flor de Nilópolis, best known simply as Beija-Flor, won their thirteenth Carnival title last year, during the 2015 Special Group competitions. That win came Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?