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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following the tallying of votes on Wednesday February 10th, judges declared G.R.E.S Estação Primeira de Mangueira samba school the Champion of the 2016 Carnival competition in Rio de Janeiro. This marked the school's eighteenth official overall Carnival win.

Closing the second night of Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition on Monday February 8th, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?