Mangueira Crowned 2019 Rio Carnival Samba School Champions

Mangueira received the maximum ten points in each of the categories which included theme song, band, floats and costumes.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the theme "History for Lulling Adults", one of the Rio’s oldest and most traditional samba schools, Estação Primeira de Mangueira, won this year’s samba parade competition. The school told the history of Brazil from the perspective of the popular, unsung heroes, including murdered councilwoman, Marielle Franco.

"The Carnival has always been an expression of struggle; to speak out about what everyone wanted to talk about. And to show to this Brazil that they (are also part of this story," said Danilo Firmino, one of the composers . . .

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