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By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Monday, February 11th, G.R.E.S. Imperatriz Leopoldinense will enter the Sambódromo as the second to last samba school from the Grupo Especial (Special Group) to parade for the 2013 Carnival Championship Competition.

The school, also referred to simply as Imperatriz (Empress), last saw three consecutive championships in the years of 1999, 2000 and 2001. They have won the Carnival competition a total of eight . . .

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