By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For many, Carnival 2011 remains in the distant horizon, anticipated with longing and excitement. For the event's organizers though, it is already time to turn up the pressure and jump into high gear with preparations for the March celebration.

By now the line up and parading order of nearly all of Rio's 76 samba schools are decided. Talent judges are being chosen and samba school parade tickets are . . .

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