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Latest update : 2010-02-07

A seven-year-old girl was named drum corps queen of one of Rio's top samba schools, a highly coveted Carnival role usually reserved for adults. Child protection agencies are outraged.

Seven-year-old Julia Lira has been named "rum corps queen" of one of Rio's top samba schools, a  highly coveted Carnaval role usually reserved for adults. Some child protection agencies have expressed their outrage.

Beyond the question of appropriateness is whether the 4ft tall 25 kilo girl can physically withstand the non stop dancing during the parade.

Carnaval begins on February 12 when Rio officials give the key to the city to King Momo - the Lord of Misrule - and finishes on February 17.
 

Date created : 2010-02-07

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