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By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Carnival’s top honor was awarded to Unidos da Tijuca on Wednesday afternoon as the 2014 Carnival G.R.E.S. (Special Group) competition results were announced, with Acadêmicos do Salgueiro in second place and Portela, União da Ilha, Imperatriz Leopoldinense and Acadêmicos do Grande Rio filling out the rest of the top six.

Supporters of the top samba schools gathered at the Sambódromo and the various schools' quadras . . .

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