Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Brazil Carnival samba contest ends in riots after man rips up judge’s results

He wanted to win. Badly.

As crowds in Sao Paulo waited to hear the samba school winner during Brazil’s annual festival of Carnival on Wednesday, a man believed to be a member of a losing samba school jumped the security gates, grabbed the judges’ results and tore them into pieces, the Global Post reports.

A dancer from the Mangueira samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome on Tuesday. (Felipe Dana - AP)
Riots ensued, with some samba dancers setting fire to the floats or destroying other property within the newly renovated Sambadrome, Brazilian news site Band reports. A member of the Pérola Negra samba school, whose float was destroyed, told Band: “They burnt mine, now I'll burn the others.” The fire is now believed to be under control.

Despite the torn-up results, judges declared the samba team Mocidade Alegre champion. The team of the man who started all the trouble, Imperio de Casa Verde, was awarded nothing.

Just days before, Rio de Janeiro’s elite samba schools had paraded happily in the Sambadrome:

Samba, Brazil’s “official music,” was brought to Rio de Janeiro in 1920 and has since become a hallmark of the annual Carnival festival.

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