By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Samba school Portela will enter the famed Sambódromo to parade fourth on February 8th during the second night of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Carnival Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition. Well known for their symbol of an eagle with its wings outstretched the school is prepared to soar during this year's parade as they present the enredo (theme): "No voo da águia, uma viagem sem fim..." ( The eagle's flight, an endless journey... ).
Portela's journey as a samba school thus far has been a long, at times . . .