By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of Rio’s most famous samba schools, Beija-Flor de Nilópolis, will close the first night of the Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition in the Sambódromo on Sunday, February 26th.

The school has remained in the Grupo Especial competition for decades, winning the annual competition thirteen times and being named vice-champions a further twelve times.

Simply known as Beija-Flor, the samba school officially formed in 1948 and performs under a blue-and-white flag bearing a hummingbird symbol. This year, Beija-Flor’s enredo

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