Miami is filled with interesting characters, to say the least.
There's that guy who rides around on a motorized bicycle, that man riding the Metrorail jammin' on his violin, that dude who walks around Hialeah carrying a banjo and wearing a Stetson hat -- the list goes on.
As always, Calle Ocho attracted everyone and everything, from blow-up dolls to street performers banging beats on pots and pans to "Harlem Shake"-ers and freestyle rappers.
And of course, outrageous things that would happen in Miami, happened. Like a man getting shot in the butt and not noticing it until he collapsed. Or DJ Laz telling Lil Wayne to come pinga.
Here are some highlights from Calle Ocho 2013, just in case you missed it.
There were literally tens of thousands reppin' their native country, wearing shirts emblazoned with the Dominican flag, waving Cuban flags, and flocking to the pincho and arepa stands. But some came unprepared, leaving their Latin pride at home. Lucky for them (and the non-Hispanics who attended the festival and felt compelled to go with it and buy a Puerto Rican towel or something), these stands were all over the place. The vivid reds, blues, and yellows were so tantalizing, almost no one could resist, especially that Cuban Pride bikini.
Like these guys. Wonder where they're from...
Meanwhile at the Mega 94.9 stage, Mafio busted out with the first "Harlem Shake" spotted by Crossfade. The guy in the straw wajiro hat on stage was really into it.
Somewhere between his flight from L.A. to Calle Ocho, this guy found, um, let's call her Molly. "I just found it on the street," he said before running off. For some reason, that didn't surprise us.
Being America's largest Latin street festival, Calle Ocho was definitely crowded. No matter how congested a place may be, the words "free liquor, get fucked up for free" can always be heard. Especially when Miss Carnaval Miami 2013 Lorena Placencia is the one handing out samples of Reál Sangria.
"Get it girl," yelled a guy sporting a backpack and a pair of aviator sunglasses, as a somewhat nervous 20-something took the stage and started freestyling, "Imma gansta." Apparently, around the same time, some other bros thought they were gangsta, started a brawl, and ended up popping a cap in someone's ass. Literally.
Miami sure missed DJ Laz when he left his 22-year stint with Power 96's DJ Laz Morning Show last year. Although he now caters to both L.A. and Miami on his morning show for DJ 106.7, his heart remains in the 305.
"Miami, I want you to lose your motha' fuckin' mind ... I've been all over the world, but nothing's like fuckin' Miami." Still not convinced that DJ Laz is one of Miami's finest? Maybe this next comment will change your mind: "Lil' Wayne can suck my dick."
Then he proceeded to do the "Harlem Shake." And an epic "Harlem Shake" it was. "That's how you do this
But DJ Laz wouldn't be the Pimp with the Limp without giving a shout out to all the mamis out there. "Latinas rica, make some noise."
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Whoever said banging pots and pans was not music has obviously never been to Calle Ocho. Just ask this woman. She broke it down.
It's practically impossible for Willy Chirino to put on a bad performance. Everyone just loves the guy. And with reason. He has always stayed true to his roots and has never forgotten about his people and his homeland, which is why there was no better way to end the festival other than with the music of Chirino resonating from the stage.