By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The biggest party on Earth may have its roots in humble religious context, but it has developed into a fantastically elaborate competition of Samba schools. The Rio Carnival may also seem like second nature to Cariocas (people from Rio), but to help visitors and expats understand it, a small glossary of terms will help.

It is a competition, and the Grupo Especial (Special Group) consists of twelve of the . . .

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