The Ten People You Meet at Calle Ocho

Have you met the Miami mami con el coco?
Have you met the Miami mami con el coco?
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

It's no mistake that Pitbull's breakout hit was named “Calle Ocho.”

Every year, over a million people show up for Miami’s largest street festival, making it one of the world's great wonders in human entertainment. Many nations gather under the beating March sun to dance, feast, and party at that axis of the solar vortex known as SW Eighth Street. And with so many individuals in one place at one time, it's easy to see that as different as we all are, we're really all the same.

Here are ten people you meet at Calle Ocho.

He loves tobacco, America, and Calle Ocho.
He loves tobacco, America, and Calle Ocho.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

10. Cigar Smokers
They huff, and they puff, and they smoke your house down. From illegal Cohibas to Philly Blunts, all callejeros know the smell of tobacco burning in the air.

What a tall drink of fruity booze.
What a tall drink of fruity booze.
Photo by Jacob Katel

9. People With Giant Drinks
Sure, you could drink out of a pineapple or coconut, but that's pedestrian compared to an entire plastic leg and stocking filled with rum punch slush.

Got that native boss from the future look on lock.
Got that native boss from the future look on lock.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

8. Indigenous Marchers
From the highlands of Peru to the Junkanoo streets of the Bahamas, cultural ambassadors in full costume meet to hit the streets and show their style.

On top of every good girl, there's a good hat.
On top of every good girl, there's a good hat.
Photo by Jacob Katel

7. Hat Wearers of the World
You'll see sombreros, you'll see gorras, you'll see bandanas, you'll see headwraps, and they'll say Mexico, Dominican Republic, New York Yankees, Miami Hurricanes, El Salvador, Cuba, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and on and on.

You don't walk down Calle Ocho. You dance.
You don't walk down Calle Ocho. You dance.
Photo by Jacob Katel

6. Street Dancers
Don't stop, get it, get it, pop it, shake it, throw it, do it. No city dances better than Miami, and the streets of Calle Ocho are the proof.

Yo, Laz, why so bummed?
Yo, Laz, why so bummed?
Photo by Jacob Katel

5. San Lazaro
In the back of a van at a gas station. He never misses the party.

At Calle Ocho, you can GPFR (Get a Photo For Real) with Flo Rida.
At Calle Ocho, you can GPFR (Get a Photo For Real) with Flo Rida.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

4. Rappers
So many stages so full of music, so many performers, and so many fans that there's always a good opportunity to get a picture with your favorite international hip-hop icon.

Want a Medalla, homie?
Want a Medalla, homie?
Photo by Jacob Katel

3. Party Animals
They'll be rolling suitcases full of ice and beer down Eighth Street, waving Puerto Rican flags, and screaming at the top of their lungs.

Callejeros know you gotta get that money.
Callejeros know you gotta get that money.
Photo by Jacob Katel

2. Street Entrepreneurs
You don't have to  rent a booth to rock a hustle. Dade County, stand up!

What is Suky? It's all Suky! Baila Suky!
What is Suky? It's all Suky! Baila Suky!
Photo by Jacob Katel

1. Suky
Suky was everywhere this year. Suky on booty shorts. Suky on t-shirts. Suky on rubber duckies, kazoos, on photo stops, as abetted by golden buddhas, and little people dressed as the Statue of Liberty, and even posted on trees. Suky, for locking down the street promotion like no other at Calle Ocho 2015, we salute you.

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