Updated: 14/02/2014 14:00 | By Thomas Oakey
The samba schools of Rio de Janeiro 2014

Império da Tijuca

Império da Tijuca (© Carmen Flores/LatinContent/Getty Images)
  • Member of Acadêmicos do Grande Rio (© Buda Mendes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
  • Acadêmicos do Grande Rio (© AGENCIA EFE/Rex Features)
  • Acadêmicos do Salgueiro (© AGENCIA EFE/Rex Features)
  • Beija-Flor (© KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features)
  • Mangueira (© Sipa Press/Rex Features)
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense (© SERGIO MORAES/Newscom/RTR)
  • Império da Tijuca (© Carmen Flores/LatinContent/Getty Images)
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (© PAULO WHITAKER/Newscom/RTR)
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Império da Tijuca samba school won the Access Group parade in 2013, which means this year it's making its return to the top-flight Special Group for the first time since 1996. Founded in 1940, it's one of Rio's oldest samba schools and the first to use 'império' (empire) in its name. The school's colours are green and white and its flag features a golden crown representing nobility and tradition. It will be celebrating African rhythms this year with its entry, 'Batuk' (drumming).

25/02/2014 06:09
Help.....which school won the Rio Carnival Parade for best float????  Does MSN know????
25/02/2014 06:07

Which school won the Rio Carnival parade??  Does nobody know??  Can MSN help???

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