Calle Ocho Festival
The Calle Ocho Music Festival (Festival de la Calle Ocho) is a one-day fiesta that culminates Carnaval Miami. It takes place in March in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida between SW 8th Street and 27th Avenue.
The festival is one of the largest in the world, and over one million visitors attend the Calle Ocho event. It is a free street festival that showcases Pan-American culture.  This past year many independent acts were welcomed to perform throughout various stages spanning the festival. Among those artists, Miami born singer/ songwriter/ producer JPOPD1 (John Michael Veiga) on the louderside stage presented by Vanessa Spatz or masterkey entertainment and Sony global.
Calle Ocho started in 1978 as a way for Cuban immigrants to express themselves and educate South Floridians about their culture in their community. The festival's focus grew to include participation from all Latin American countries.
In 1996, the festival was cancelled due to the shooting down of four Cuban exile aviators by Cuban warplanes on February 24, 1996. The aviators were part of the Brothers to the Rescue organization.
The annual festival shuts down 28 blocks of SW 8th Street in order to host dancing, food, drinks and 30 stages of live entertainment.
In 1990, a world-record-breaking 10,000-pound piñata was featured.
In 2000, the Guinness World Record was set for the world's longest cigar.
In 2008, Calle Ocho broke the record for the most domino players at the event.
In 2012, the festival broke the world record for the largest flag image ever created. The flag measured 250 feet long and 36 feet wide, and was marched down the street by over 100 volunteers
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