By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Considered to be the “happiest” samba school in the special group, G.R.E.S. União da Ilha do Governador has risen to prominence since it was founded in 1953 by a group of friends from Ilha do Governador, (Governor's Island) in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone).

After watching a street parade in their local area of Cacuia, the group became inspired to create their own regional samba . . .

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