Kiwanis Club of Little Havana celebrated its 40th annual Calle Ocho Festival on March 12, 2017, attracting more than 1 million attendees. Known as the largest Latino festival in the United States, this year’s flagship event featured live performances from Kings of Carnaval 2017, CNCO, Reykon, Willy Chirino, Albita, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Milly Quezada, Piso 21, Chacal, Cosculluela, J Quilles and Carlos Oliva, as well as savory competitions like the first-ever El Croquetazo presented by Catalina and 3rd Annual Cuban Sandwich Smackdown.
The Calle Ocho Festival marked the official end of a week’s worth of Carnaval Miami 2017 events that included Carnaval on the Mile, Cork & Fork, Cooking Contest and more. The Calle Ocho Festival is the marquis annual fundraiser of Kiwanis Club of Little Havana in support of the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation’s youth development programs, Calle Ocho capped off the series in stunning fashion. The event brought together more than 1,250,000 attendees from Latin American countries.