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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIO, BRAZIL – In a surprising move, the Independent League of Samba Schools (LIESA) announced on Wednesday night that if the League is unable to receive subsidies from the city of Rio de Janeiro, the world’s most famous samba parades will be cancelled for Carnival 2018.

“The Samba Schools of the Special Group, represented by their presidents, have decided in a meeting held at LIESA headquarters, on June 14, 2017, that if the decision made Mayor Marcelo Crivella [of cutting subsidies] is upheld the samba school parades, in the Carnival of 2018 . . .

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