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By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A devastating fire raged through the Cidade do Samba last Monday, February 7th, completely destroying three Barracões (Carnival industrial workshops) within the Carnival industrial complex in Gamboa, down-town Rio. A silver-lining is that G.R.E.S. Portela was running behind schedule on some of their work, which means less was destroyed, offering a better chance to recover.

Portela is one of the most traditional Samba schools in Rio, hailing from Madureira, and will now be parading on Carnival Sunday instead of the original allocated . . .

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