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A Guide to Understanding the Carnival Competition in Rio

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Carnival 2014 draws closer, Rio's top samba schools prepare to parade in the Sambódromo for the Carnival Championship. To many visitors and new spectators, this lavish parade might at first be confusing as it is also a very serious competition with its own rules, ranks and terminology.

The following is a brief glossary of terms used during the competition and a short guide to understanding what all of the singing, dancing, drumming, costumes and float really mean.

Escolas de Samba – Samba Schools. Similar to competitive . . .

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