By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At long last the eagerly anticipated Carnival parades of 2012 at Rio's Sambódromo happened with spectacular performances by the Special Group schools Sunday, February 19th and Monday, February 20th. Opening the Parade on Sunday was newly qualified Renascer de Jacarepaguá, last year’s Access Group champion.

Not to be intimidated by the higher category opponents, Renasecer paid tribute to Brazilian artist Romero Britto and dazzled crowds with an impressive . . .

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