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By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This past Sunday and Monday evenings the contest for Rio's best Samba school was held in the Sambódromo. The twelve top schools of the Grupo Especial paraded filling the Sapucaí with enchantment and awe. The winners will be announced Wednesday at 3PM, but after two amazing nights, there is plenty to talk about until then.

The parading has evolved into a multi-faceted performance, traditional Carnival aspects are mixed with . . .

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