Reflections: Calle Ocho (One Week Later)

For 364 days out of the year, the stretch of SW 8 Street (aka Tamiami Trail aka US 41) east of 27th Avenue and west of SW 4th Avenue serves as the commercial destination of choice for residents of Miami’s famed Little Havana neighborhood. Panaderias, fruterias, fritangas, cafeterias, colmados, dulcerias, cigar shops, and dollar stores adorn both sides of the street. Pedestrians, properties built to the property line, and shade trees characterize the brick-paved sidewalks.

For 364 days out of the year, motorists use this same three-lane, one-way eastbound stretch to facilitate their (oftentimes) treacherous commute into Miami’s Financial and Central Business Districts.

One day out of the year, however, barricades are erected, detour signs are mounted, and motorists are forbidden from entering. SW 8 Street becomes

That’s right! Calle Ocho, baby!

Some come to show their latest moves

Some come to get their grub on

Some come to have their snakes pet

while others use the stage to push their agenda

Sidebar: Guess who was smiling when “The Hurt Locker” won the Oscar for Best Picture? Let’s see, we’re fighting a war on two fronts. Coincidence? I may have been born yesterday, sir, but I stayed up all night.

Some come to make a statement

Los fuertes come to do pull-ups.

They come to show national pride

Some come to be seen and not heard

Some come to show their assets off

Anybody got the number to a good orthodontist? Do my girl the favor.

Personally, I come for

and to make new friends

but no matter what you’re here for, don’t forget that this ain’t

baby. We’re in

B¡T¢H! This is for those who were

and it goes a lil’ something like this



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6 responses to “Reflections: Calle Ocho (One Week Later)

  1. Lynett

    You are a brave soul for attending… Wow…talk about muffin tops!

  2. hachy mendez

    the essence that you were able to capture was PRICELESS! were you rocking a PRESS badge??? luvz it

  3. Phillip

    Nice meatshow

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