By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first school to parade on Monday, March 7th, the second day of the Sambódromo 2011 Carnival competition, is União da Ilha. A Ilha do Governador neighborhood samba school was first noticed during the seventies by their parading skills coupled with outstanding creativity, while not spending as much as its counterparts.

In Carnival 1977, they won third place with the theme Domingo (Sunday), when it was first . . .

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