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  • Portela samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 28, 2017.

    Portela samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 28, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 March 2017

The samba school has won the Rio de Janeiro Carnival title more than any other school.

The Portela samba school was declared the winner of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival parade competition on Wednesday after going 33 years without securing the title.

The samba school has won the Rio de Janeiro Carnival title more than any other school and is one of the most traditional samba schools in the South American country.

Portela, founded 94 years ago in Rio's Oswaldo Cruz neighborhood, obtained 269.9 points out of a possible 270 from the panel of judges at the 2017 samba parade celebration at the Sambodrome, considered to be the world's biggest open-air show and the event that draws the biggest crowds each year in Rio.

The school, known as "The Monarch of Samba," paraded early Tuesday morning not having won at the Rio Carnival since 1984, but it secured its 22nd title this time around with a parade hailing the stories and myths surrounding the world's rivers.

The school's parade reportedly featured 3,400 dancers divided into 31 groups, each with a fabulously ornate and colorful characteristic costume theme, and a percussion orchestra comprised of more than 100 musicians.

Last year, it was Mangueira, Brazil's most popular samba school, that walked away with the championship.

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