Miami Carnaval and Calle Ocho
The largest block party in the Southeastern United States is back. That’s right, The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana will host the legendary Calle Ocho once again. Now into its 39th year, this annual international event will be held on March 13 from 10AM to 7PM. Located on SW 8 street, this highly anticipated and world renowned block party will expand from 8th avenue to 27th avenue; all blocked off and completely free to the public. Calle Ocho is known for attracting over one million event-goers from Miami and all around the world together to enjoy and appreciate Hispanic culture. Get a taste of delicious Latin and Caribbean cuisine from the hundreds of authentic and local street vendors. Shake your hips and listen to merengue, reggeaton, bachata, hip hop and jazz heard throughout the festival. Preview great pieces of artwork from local artists. With all of its eventful carnival-like atmosphere, Calle Ocho will not disappoint. So join the fun this Sunday a1nd do not be surprised if you end up in a conga line!
About Little Havana
Little Havana is the best-known neighborhood for Cubans in exile, but it’s also home to other immigrants from Central America and the Caribbean. The neighborhood’s main street is SW 8th Street, or Calle Ocho in Spanish. It’s a one-way street packed with cafes, restaurants, bakeries and art galleries. Here, you’ll also find the Cuban Memorial Plaza, with a collection of statues to commemorate events and prominent figures in Cuban history.
“The Carnaval Miami event series is the largest fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, helping to raise much-needed funds that provide educational scholarships and community service programs. Since 1978, the club has helped bring community-oriented, cultural events to South Florida and the world, utilizing their reach and cross-cultural influence to bring millions of people together to celebrate Latin culture from around the world through the various events of Carnaval Miami.”