By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Months before Carnival celebrations will take over Rio de Janeiro and the city's famous samba schools will parade in the Sambódromo, Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba /Liesa (Independent League of Samba Schools), organizers of the famous Carnival championship, announced the official 2016 Carnival schedule and the schedule for the participating samba schools' rehearsals, which will also take place in the Sambódromo during the months of December and January.

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