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By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 2019, Carnival megablocos that gather over 200,000 people will not be permitted to parade in Rio's Zona Sul (South Zone). The decision was made yesterday, Monday, May 7th, in...
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For many people, when they think of Rio de Janeiro, the word "Copacabana" isn’t far behind. No other neighborhood quite encapsulates the city-to-beach Carioca lifestyle like this sprawling assortment of...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Ash Wednesday, February 14th, Beija-Flor samba school was announced the winners of Rio's Carnival 2018 parades, beating out twelve other schools. Earning their fourteenth title, Beija-Flor stood out on...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last Sunday, February 11th, Mangueira samba school stood out for its impeccable performance on the first night of Grupo Especial's championship. Considered the most likely school to be first placed...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Monday, February 12th, Imperatriz Leopoldinense will be the samba school to follow Salgueiro on the 2018 Grupo Especial's parade. Expected to enter the Avenida at 1:35 AM (on Tuesday...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Monday, February 12th, Salgueiro samba school will enter the Sambódromo to participate in the 2018 Grupo Especial championship. Originally from Andaraí, in Rio's Zona Norte, Salgueiro is expected to...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Monday, February 12th, Portela samba school will be the second to enter the Sapucaí, at 10:20 PM. This year, the Oswaldo Cruz-born school promises to thrill the spectators once...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The countdown for the biggest event in Rio has already started: in four days time, the city opens the Carnival season, which hopes to attract over 1.5 million tourists this...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday, February 11th, the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school will be parading in the 2018 Carnival. Expected to enter the Sambódromo at 11:25 PM, "Vila" will be...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Saturday, February 10th, seven samba schools from the Série A (Access Group) will be performing in the Sambódromo. This will be the second day of Rio Carnival parades, which...
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