By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival remains the biggest annual festival in Brazil, but in Rio's Sambódromo what at first glance may appear to be solely a lavish and colorful parade, is also a serious competition. The contest is between the Escolas de Samba (Samba Schools) and like a professional sports league, they are ranked and grouped into divisions.
Currently there are over seventy competitive samba schools in six divisions: the Special Group (Grupo Especial) and Groups A, B, C, D and E.
All schools will compete during the four days of Carnival but . . .