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By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Often among the highest ranked in the Grupo Especial (Special Group) division, G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio is fiercely gearing up for this year’s competition with a new theme and carnavalesco or Carnival designer, Fabio Ricardo. Established in 1988 and best known simply as Grande Rio, they will enter the Sambódromo on Sunday, March 2nd as the second samba school to parade.

This year’s theme commemorates . . .

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