By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Shortly after 7PM last night, the city of São Paulo announced the results from its samba parade competition. Samba school Acadêmicos do Tatuapé was crowned the city’s Carnival winner this year, earning the school its first ever Grupo Especial (Special Group) championship.

Although Acadêmicos do Tatuapé began in 1952, its win this year represents its first ever Grupo Especial win, having remained in the league for the last five consecutive years and coming withing grasp of victory as last year’s Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here