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By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Six samba schools from Rio’s Grupo Especial (Special Group) performed last night, Sunday, February 26th, in the Sambódromo. Paraíso do Tuiuti, Grande Rio, Imperatriz, Vila Isabel, Salgueiro and Beija-Flor all competed in the first of two nights in Rio's 2017 Carnival parades.

Although the evening had a shaky beginning with the worst accident in Sambódromo history, schools continued to parade with a wide range of topics from Dante’s inferno to conservation battles and land rights for Brazil’s indigenous people.

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