By Sarah Brown, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While the rest of Rio de Janeiro thinks about the approaching Christmas and New Year period, the city's samba schools have Carnival in mind as Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba/LIESA (League of Independent Samba Schools) have announced the line up for the school's technical rehearsals.

The technical rehearsals grant the opportunity for Rio's samba schools to practice their performance and iron out any glitches or technical issues. It's a chance to make sure they are fully prepared to give the biggest show of . . .

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