Giant roosters, cafecitos, cigars, the clashing of dominoes — these are the ingredients that give the Miami neighborhood of Little Havana its flavor and swag. Over the years, Calle Ocho and its surrounding blocks have become the center of Cuban culture in Miami, since the 1960s when Cuban exiles made their way to the neighborhood and brought their traditions with them.
Today, people partake in Viernes Culturales every third Friday, the annual Carnaval Miami street festival, and dance the night away at salsa clubs and live music venues. The area is also known for its political strength. Any candidate coming through Miami knows to make a stop at Cafe Versailles for a photo op and a frothing cuban cafecito, while Máximo Gómez Park, or Domino Park, plays host to never-ending political debates.KEEP READING
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