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Portela Samba School - For the 1st time winners of Rio Carnival since 1984

Portela Samba School won their first title since 1984 in this year's Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Competition, earning a score of 269.9 points with an allegorical story about the importance of water and its relationship to human life. This is Portela’s 22nd title in its 93-year history, making it Rio’s most frequent Carnival champion.

The school’s plot displayed legendary and famous rivers from around the world and the legends that accompany them, including the Mississippi, the Nile and Brazil’s own mythical water serpent, Boiuna. The parade also featured water deities such as Iara, as well as paying homage to the recent Mariana environmental disaster.

Have a look at their phantasmagoric parade on the video that follows!


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