Downtown’s Largo do Arouche always draws a crowd on Sundays, when cheap drinks and cheap thrills abound. Experience it in all its fabulous glory the Sunday before Carnival, with a full day of music and high jinks, including a stiletto race and a fashionable pooch contest. The day climaxes in a parade from 7pm, led by the Carnival bloco Banda do Fuxico. If you stay late, take a taxi home or at the very least keep your wits about you, as it's not safe to wander the streets of República at night.
To register for competitions, call 96764 0183 (cellphone).