By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Born out of the suburbs of Niterói, across the bay from Rio, G.R.E.S Porto da Pedra was created as a by-product of a modest football club and formed by the local residents of the São Gonçalo region. This year they will be the fifth school to parade at Rio 2012 Carnival on Sunday, February 19th, hoping to capture the success that has so far eluded them in the Grupo Especial (Special Group).
Established in 1975, the samba school's journey into the Special Group . . .