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Last Updated: Thursday February 18 2010 14:59 GMT

Brazil carnival girl comes last

Julia leading her samba group at the Rio Carnival

The Brazilian samba group that chose a seven-year-old to be the queen of its drum section has finished last in the Rio Carnival parade competition.

A judge in Brazil decided Julia was allowed to lead the group after a row about her age.

There was such a lot of interest in her story from media around the world that Julia ended up bursting into tears when the carnival began.

But she soon bounced back to take the lead for Viradouro's parade.

The group came last in the drum corps category and didn't do too well in the float category either.

The winning parade had skiers dressed like Batman and a pregnant drum queen.