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By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This past Sunday and Monday evenings the contest for Rio's best Samba school was held in the Sambódromo. The twelve top schools of the Grupo Especial paraded filling the Sapucaí...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival is coming and technical rehearsals at the Sambódromo are attracting more and more crowds. Last Saturday Porto da Pedra took over the Sapucaí with enthusiasm putting on a great...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While most Samba schools are almost ready for the big parade starting on March 6th, G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio had a major set-back and has to face the aftermath...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A devastating fire raged through the Cidade do Samba last Monday, February 7th, completely destroying three Barracões (Carnival industrial workshops) within the Carnival industrial complex in Gamboa, down-town Rio. ...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The biggest party on Earth may have its roots in humble religious context, but it has developed into a fantastically elaborate competition of Samba schools. The Rio Carnival may...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - G.R.E.S. Academicos do Salgueiro will be the second school parading on Monday, March 7th, the second day of the Sambódromo 2011 Carnival competition. They have always been characterized by their...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first school to parade on Monday, March 7th, the second day of the Sambódromo 2011 Carnival competition, is União da Ilha. A Ilha do Governador neighborhood samba school was...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Officially known as Estação Primeira de Mangueira (First Station of Mangueira), it is one the most loved samba schools in Brazil, and while thinking of of it, poetry comes to...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The city is starting to rumble as drummers are getting on beat and Carnival energy spreads through the air. Technical rehearsals at the Sambodrome have started this past Sunday,...

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