Winner of the 2012 Rio Carnival

Some five million people, including 850,000 tourists, are believed to have attended the five-day Rio extravaganza during 2012.

The Unidos da Tijuca samba school was yesterday declared the winner of the 2012 Rio Carnival, with its tribute to the late singer and composer Louis Gonzaga, the “king of Baiao”, a popular music style from Brazil’s northeast. In an eagerly awaited verdict, Carnival judges gave the title to Unidos da Tijuca, sporting blue and yellow colors and renowned for its creative and innovative artistic work, for the third time in its 81-year history. The Salgueiro school, in red and white colors, finished second, with a parade paying homage to Cord literature, a popular genre in the northeast.

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