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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Famous for its strong bateria (percussion section) and futuristic set designs, samba school Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, will parade fifth in the Sambódromo during the first night of Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition on February 7th.

Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, better known as “Mocidade” or “Mocidade Independente,” began over half a century ago as a soccer club in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) neighborhood of Padre Miguel. The club, Independente Futebol Clube, would go on to became a samba school in 1955. The school then first . . .

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