Thousands dance, party at Calle Ocho, Jazz in the Gardens as big festival weekend in Miami-Dade wraps up – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A good time wasn’t hard to find this weekend in Miami-Dade County, especially with the festival frenzy that swept through the city.
In Miami Gardens, Jazz in the Gardens made a soft return to Hard Rock Stadium.
“Jazz in the Gardens is a global event. People travel from all over the world to be here,” said Miami Gardens Councilman Robert Stephens III.
“Every year it gets better and better,” said Mr. Hardge of Jazz in the Gardens. “Now we’ve taken a little break due to the pandemic, but nonetheless, we’re back.”
People came for the food, the drinks, the photo booth and of course the headliners.
“Can’t wait to see Rick Ross and ELLE,” one viewer said.
Sunday was the second day of the 15th festival’s star-studded lineup. Some of the acts took the crowd to the church.
That sense of freedom to celebrate and share culture was also felt at Calle Ocho, held Sunday in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.
“It’s all Latins together, to dance, to sing, to share their culture,” said participant Leah Rose.
And they danced, all over the iconic Southwest Eighth Street.
The music festival has returned after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.
“Calle Ocho is important, especially more than ever, because we’ve been through hell for the past few years,” Rose said.
The revelers came for the arepas and stayed for the pineapples, as well as the music.
Back at Jazz in the Gardens, culture and music continued to take center stage as Rick Ross delighted audiences on Sunday night.
HER brought this year’s festival to a close.
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