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Julia Lira Samba Queen

Tijuca, Samba Group Featuring 7-Year-Old Julia Lira, Crowned Rio Carnival Champs

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — A samba group that enraged child-welfare advocates by choosing a 7-year-old as a drums corps queen finished last Wednesday in t...

Julia Lira, Preteen Carnival samba queen stirs Rio controversy

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — She is the Shirley Temple of samba, a 7-year-old named to a coveted Carnival role normally reserved for barely clad models who ...