Mocidade Independente Samba School Ready For Carnival 2017

The samba school found its inspiration this year in cultural links with Morocco, proposing a tale that transports the audience from the heart of Rio’s Zona Oeste to Marrakesh.

By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Formed in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) in 1955, samba school Mocidade Independente do Padre Miguel this year takes its inspiration from the area’s notorious heat, as if competes in Rio's 2017 Carnival parades at the Sambódromo.

The school, finding parallel stars in the Moroccan national flag and its own green-and-white flag, hopes to become this year’s champion of the Grupo Especial (Special Group) for the first time since 1996.

While Rio basks in the summer heat, the 40C temperatures in the

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