Fortaleza is starting its pre-Carnival festivities tonight and will have many free parades, shows and parties in the next four weekends, before Carnival officially starts.
This year, 73 blocos, or Carnival groups, have signed up with the city, allowing municipal secretariats to provide infrastructure and services such as street cleaning, portable restrooms extra buses, reinforced police patrols and ambulances.
The core of the partying is famous Iracema Beach, where the season kicks off tomorrow with Unidos da Cachorra at 3 p.m.
There wil also be shows at the Iracema Aterrinho. Tomorrow, the headliner is Gaby Amarantos; Patusco will perform on Jan.19; there's Serj„o Loroza on Jan.26 and samba with Mariene de Castro on Feb.2.
You can see the full pre-Carnival schedule on the City of Fortaleza's website.