By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This year G.R.E.S. Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel will make their way through the famed Sambódromo as the third Grupo Especial (Special Group) samba school to parade during the first day of competition on Sunday, February 15th.
Best known simply as “Mocidade” or “Mocidade Independente,” the school has maintained their position in the Special Group since 1990 but have not seen victory since 1996.
Formed over fifty years ago as a soccer club in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) neighborhood of Padre Miguel, the school . . .