By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While most Samba schools are almost ready for the big parade starting on March 6th, G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio had a major set-back and has to face the aftermath of a fire at Cidade do Samba Monday, February the 7th. The school was the most affected, loosing all of their Carnival 2011 parade items, plus the infrastructure supporting it.

The losses include . . .

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