By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – First formed in 1956 and remaining in the Grupo Especial (Special Group) since 1990, Imperatriz Leopoldinense will be the third samba school to perform in the Sambódromo on Sunday, February 26th. The school, named after the famous Austrian archduchess in Rio Maria Leopoldina, placed sixth in last year’s competition.

This year, the school will pay homage to Brazil’s indigenous population and their connection to nature in an enredo (plot) called, ‘Xingu, o clamor da floresta’ (Xingu, the cry of the forest). Imperatriz Leopoldinense intends to honour the seventeen . . .

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