Monday, March 16, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Music, Food, and Culture - Calle Ocho Festival

Every March, Miami gathers to celebrate music, food, and culture during Carnaval Miami. The nearly month-long celebration culminates with a one-day street festival along Miami’s famed Calle Ocho, or SW 8th Street, that draws thousands of locals and visitors. During the Calle Ocho Festival, the main street is lined with vendors and the side streets are converted into concert venues. Even though the focus is primarily on the Little Havana neighborhood’s Cuban roots, the Calle Ocho Festival is an annual tradition for Miami locals regardless of their cultural background.

This past weekend, true to form, the 38th Annual Calle Ocho Festival delivered nearly 20 blocks of Miami-style music, dancing, and flat-out fun. Thanks to Telemundo51 we got a chance to catch the backstage action at one of the hottest stages. We also joined the crowds on the streets, where Miami's locals redefined street style by proudly displaying their heritage on and with their garments, and engaged in some serious people watching. From flags to typical dresses, the Miami community’s diversity and vibrant culture were on full display.

If you missed this year's Calle Ocho Festival, check out the photos we snapped throughout the day so you can absorb some of Miami's incomparable spirit. ¡Nos vemos el próximo año, meng!

Photo courtesy of Sandi Abbott

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