Miami Carnivals - 5 Reasons to Go to Calle Ocho Festival

    By Jodi Mailander Farrell

    Miami’s largest street party, the annual Calle Ocho Festival, hits Little Havana every March, stretching along Southwest 8th Street between 27th Avenue and Southwest 8th Avenue.

    Calle Ocho (pronounced kye-yay oh-cho) means "eighth street" in Spanish and is the single-largest celebration of Latino culture in the United States.

    The enormous party features food, music, vendors and more along the most popular street in the center of Miami’s Cuban culture.

    Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss Calle Ocho Festival this year:

    1. It’s big: Eight stages along a 19-block span of Little Havana attract more than 1 million people.
    2. It makes you move: Just about every style of Latin music is represented here, from merengue to pop music.
    3. You’ll love the food. Have you ever tried pinchos, arepas or tamales?
    4. They’re always breaking records here. In 1988, a Guinness world record was earned at Calle Ocho for the world’s longest conga line with more than 119,000 people. In 1990, a world-record-breaking 10,000-pound piñata was featured and, in 2000, the record was set for the world’s longest cigar. What's next?
    5. It’s free!

    For this and other Florida events, go to VISIT FLORIDA's official events calendar.