Little Havana, called Pequeña Habana by locals, is a neighborhood in Miami home to many Cuban exiles and immigrants from Central and South America. Having such a large Cuban population, the town was named "Little Havana" after Havana, the capital and largest city in Cuba.
The neighborhood is known to be a hub for social, cultural, and political activity in Miami. Little Havana hosts several annual festivals televised to millions of people around the world, including the famous Calle Ocho Festival, Viernes Culturales, and the Three Kings Parade. Visit Little Havana for its landmarks like Calle Ocho, the Walk of Fame, the Cuban Memorial Boulevard, Plaza de Cubanidad, Domino Park, and the Tower Theater.
In 2015, Little Havana was included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of 11 Most Endangered Places. In 2017, the Trust declared it a national treasure.
Little Havana's Calle Ocho festival is one of the largest street festivals in the world, attracting over one million visitors annually. Part of the overall Carnaval Miami celebration, Calle Ocho is a free festival with a Caribbean carnival feel. At Calle Ocho, different ethnic communities come together and wear colors or flags that represent their heritage. The festival also features different kinds of food, music, and activities for locals and visitors to enjoy.
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