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By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As Carnival approaches, each samba school in the Grupo Especial (Special Group) is given the opportunity to rehearse their parade on the avenue of the Sambódromo, the grounds of the world-renowned competition. Not only does this allow valuable practice time for the performers, it also provides an entertaining show for any spectators who may want a taste of the Carnival spirit for free.

Heather Silva Frinell, an American expatriate living in Rio, is parading this year for the first time with samba school Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?