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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With themes ranging from São Jorge to Don Quixote to Marques de Sapucai to a celebration of the Olympic Games, six samba schools paraded in Rio de Janeiro`s Sambódromo on Sunday, February 7th, the first night of two of the 2016 Grupo Especial (Special Group) Carnival competition.

The six schools that paraded were, in order: Estácio de Sá, União da Ilha, Beija-Flor, Grande Rio, Mocidade, Unidos da Tijuca.

Estácio de Sá began the night with their presentation of the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?