By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Thursday, January 4th, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, announced the release of R$10.3 million for the lower level Access Group samba schools and for the Federation of Blocos of Rio de Janeiro. According to government news agency, the transfer of funds is scheduled for January 15th.

It has been much anticipated, because in June last year the mayor stated he would reduce the

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