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By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With 90,000 visitors pouring into the Sambódromo every night during Rio de Janeiro's 2017 Carnival, the parade competitions are one of the city’s most celebrated tourist attractions.

This year’s competition starts on February 24th, will schools competing over the next four consecutive nights, and the top-ranking schools performing again on the following Saturday, March 4th.

Samba schools in Rio’s second league, known as Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?