Calça Larga was a sambista of heroic times who fought for respect and conducted the Acadêmicos do Salgueiro samba school to their first victory with the historic samba-enredo "Chica da Silva." Calça Larga (aka Joaquim Casemiro) arrived in the Morro do Salgueiro (Salgueiro Hill, in the Tijuca borough in Rio de Janeiro) around 1932. Becoming friends with renowned sambistas Alfredo Bolinha, Anacleto Português, Paulino de Oliveira, Mário Galego, Sílvio da Ladeira, and Servan de Carvalho, he became a regular at the local rodas de samba (samba get-togethers), also organizing the ranchos de pastorinhas (groups formed by children inspired in the pastoras of the samba schools). He later became director of the Unidos do Salgueiro samba school, a position that he kept for many years. Larga was also the president of the União de Jacarepaguá samba school in 1956, but opted for the Acadêmicos do Salgueiro school, which was formed in 1953 with the unification of the two samba schools of that hill: Depois Eu Digo and Azul e Branco. He was the school's head in 1963 when they won the Carnival contest for the first time with the famous samba-enredo "Chica da Silva."
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