By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After a tough decision by the team of Carnival judges, Unidos da Tijuca was announced the 2012 Champion on Wednesday, February 22nd. The samba school, along with runners up, Salgueiro, Vila Isabel, Beija-Flor, Grande Rio and Portela returned to the Sambódromo to conclude Carnival 2012 as part of the Champions Parade.

The procession, which took place on Saturday, February 25th in front of 70,000 spectators, was led by Portela . . .

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