Thirteen Brazilian samba schools are preparing for their night-long parade at Rio de Janeiro's spectacular annual carnival on February 19 and 20. With just days to go before the festivities begin, costume-makers and choreographers are working day and night to give their teams the very best chance of winning the all-important samba show contest. Uniao da Ilha was one of two schools hit by a devastating fire ahead of the carnival last year.
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