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By Ana Gabriela Ribeiro, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The world’s most famous Carnival, the annual parade of samba is taking place in a renovated Sambódromo (Marquês da Sapucaí) this year. Originally designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built in 1984, the venue hosts the spectacular annual Group Especial (Special Group) samba school parade competition along the 700 meter stretch of the Marquês de Sapucaí for an increased 90,000 capacity crowd.

With a reported 12,500 more seats in 2012, the renewed Sambódromo will have more grandstands (bleachers or arquibancadas), and also new assigned . . .

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