By Bruno De Nicola, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - February is just around the corner and it's little more than a fortnight until Rio de Janeiro's inhabitants and visitors find themselves at the grandest Carnival in the world. The atmosphere around the Cidade Maravilhosa is already heating up and not just because of the rising temperature.

The samba schools are almost ready for the Sambodrome competition, amongst them is Imperatriz Leopoldinense, the "gremio" (club) from Ramos.

Imperatriz Leopoldinense has won the Carnival contest eight times and is considered . . .

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