By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Portela, one of Rio de Janeiro’s best-known samba schools, has been crowned the champion of this year’s Carnival parades. This is the school’s first winning title in 33 years, earning a score this year of 269.9 points with an allegorical story about the importance of water and its relationship to human life.

This is Portela’s 22nd title in its 93-year history, making it Rio’s most frequent Carnival champion. The school was the second last performance in the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here