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By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday, February 11th, Grande Rio samba school will be the fifth from Grupo Especial to walk on the Sambódromo. Expected to parade at 1:35 AM (already on Monday), the...
By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - With Carnival approaching fast, technical rehearsals for Rio’s top samba schools will begin mid-month, with free entry for members of the public to watch. Schools from the Grupo Especial (Special Group)...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With themes ranging from São Jorge to Don Quixote to Marques de Sapucai to a celebration of the Olympic Games, six samba schools paraded in Rio de Janeiro`s Sambódromo...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On February 7th during the first night of Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition, samba school Acadêmicos do Grande Rio will celebrate the city of Santos, São Paulo as it...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite the rainy weather, six schools from the Special Group filled Rio’s Sambódromo with floats, elaborate costumes and the vibrant sounds of samba as they paraded during the...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio will be the last samba school to enter the Sambódromo on the first day of Special Group parades on Sunday, February 15th. The school...
By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Often among the highest ranked in the Grupo Especial (Special Group) division, G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio is fiercely gearing up for this year’s competition with a new theme and...
By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Established in 1988, G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio is one of the younger samba schools competing in the Grupo Especial (Special Group) but they are also often among the highest...
By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After a tough decision by the team of Carnival judges, Unidos da Tijuca was announced the 2012 Champion on Wednesday, February 22nd. The samba school, along with runners up, Salgueiro,...
By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With the official dates of Carnival 2012 almost upon us, all eyes turn to the Grupo Especial (Special Group), the largest and most accomplished samba schools in the world. The...
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