By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last Sunday, February 11th, Mangueira samba school stood out for its impeccable performance on the first night of Grupo Especial's championship. Considered the most likely school to be first placed in Carnival 2018, Mangueira had all eyes on them as they criticized Mayor Crivella's controversial budgetary cuts.

Initially expected to enter the Sambódromo at 2:40 AM, Mangueira's parade in fact started at 4:35 AM. The delay was due to some technical problems faced by Grande Rio samba school, which preceded Mangueira on the Avenida and . . .

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