By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The G.R.E.S. União da Ilha samba school from Ilha do Governador (Governor’s Island) will compete for the title of this year’s Carnival championship on the second day of the Special Group parades on Monday, February 16th. The school is set to enter the Sambódromo as fourth group at around 12:15 AM.

The samba school, officially named Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba União da Ilha, was founded by a group of friends in March of 1953 in the Cacuia neighborhood of the . . .

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