The celebrated writer, journalist and Carnaval chronicler João da Gente was passionate about Carnaval, having founded many blocos (small groups), creating awards for fancy dresses and parades and being a regular member of the juries who presided the competition. Debuting in theater in 1897, he became one of the most popular Carnaval composers of the early decades of the 20th century in Rio de Janeiro. Organizer of the famous confetti battles, he organized in 1915 the Mi-Carême, the commemoration of the Carnaval champions. João da Gente also had success as a composer of Carnaval music like the marcha "Deixa Ela", the samba "Olá" (recorded by Fernando in 1925) and "Vem Comigo" (having being the latter the winner of the carnaval of 1929 and recorded by Francisco Alves). As a playwright João da Gente wrote dramas and comedies like Silvina, Cruz e Perdão, Por Causa das Dúvidas, O Engano, O Paletó Não é Meu and Tio Tibério, having written also books of prose and poetry. João da Gente wrote also for Portuguese newspapers, having received from the Portuguese Church the title of Count and the name of João de Wilton Morgado.
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