By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - With Carnival approaching fast, technical rehearsals for Rio’s top samba schools will begin mid-month, with free entry for members of the public to watch. Schools from the Grupo Especial (Special Group) and Grupo do Acesso Série A will participate in the first rehearsal on January 15th.

As always January’s rehearsals will take place at the Sambódromo, on Avenida Marques de Sapucaí, in Centro, and are organized by the Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba/LIESA (League of Independent Samba Schools).

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