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By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival officially begins on Saturday, February 9th and the wait for the samba school competition is almost over. Yet before the schools from the Grupo Especial (Special Group) are scheduled to compete, nineteen samba schools from the Access Group will parade in the Sambódromo, on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th.

Tickets for this Access Group’s processions are less expensive than the main championship parades but the . . .

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