Updated: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 09:00:00 GMT | By Thomas Oakey
The Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro

União da Ilha do Governador

União da Ilha do Governador (© Getty Images)
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Samba group União da Ilha do Governador was founded in 1953 by friends Orphilo Bastos de Oliveira and Joaquim Lara, who decided the neighbourhood of Cacuia should have a samba school after watching a presentation of smaller schools from districts across the region.

Since its creation, Governador has become much-loved for its upbeat, irreverently-themed parades and is renowned for paying special attention to publicity. The school first made the Special Group in 1975, though they are yet to be named champion of the top parade. Could 2013 be their year?