By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Now that the holiday season is over and a new year has begun, attention in Brazil turns toward the upcoming Carnival celebrations, which this year will take place from Friday, February 13th through Tuesday, February 17th. Broadcast throughout the world, Rio's organized samba school parades play a large part in the city's celebrations and what at first glance might just appear to be a colorful, music-filled parade, is in actuality a serious competition.

As with most major competitions, the samba parades feature a unique set of terms . . .

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