Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Unveils Carnaval 2017 Event Schedule, CNCO Named King

Flagship Event, Calle Ocho Festival, Marks 40th
Anniversary in Stunning Fashion

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CarnavalMiami17–Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, an affiliate of the worldwide volunteers’
organization, Kiwanis International, today unveiled the official event
schedule for Carnaval Miami 2017. Joined by Kiwanis board members and
notable sponsors, President Jerry Fernandez made a series of
announcements at a press conference held at Little Havana’s own Ball &
Chain, including the unveiling of the official 2017 Carnaval Miami
poster by Miami-born and internationally-acclaimed artist Alexander
and the declaration of this year’s King of Carnaval Miami, CNCO.

Carnaval Miami is the marquis annual fundraiser of Kiwanis Club of
Little Havana in support of the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation’s youth
development programs. Host to a series of captivating events that
attract an average of one million attendees each year, Carnaval Miami
2017 also marks the 40th anniversary of the largest ‘Latino’
festival, Calle Ocho.

“We are proud to organize this event each and every year. It is truly a
celebration that reflects the vibrant, unique character and culture of
Hispanics around the world,” said Kiwanis of Little Havana President,
Jerry Fernandez. “Carnaval Miami 2017 is a testament to both our legacy
in this community and our commitment to the future of the next

As both the organization and the iconic Calle Ocho Festival celebrate 40
years, the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana is committed to raising the bar
with its plans this year. To set the tone, the organization today
revealed that the band CNCO would take the crown as King of Carnaval.
“For the first time in Carnaval Miami’s history, we’re thrilled to crown
not one, but five Kings to lead our efforts this year,” said Fernandez.

The Latin boy band emerged in 2015 as the winners of Univision’s Simon
Cowell created Latin American singing competition “La Banda.” Their
debut single, “Tan Facil,” was released at the end of January 2016,
charting with both the Billboard Hot 100 and digital song charts. Being
crowned King of Carnaval is an honored tradition and is a special role
that’s been filled by internationally-esteemed Latin music artists,
including Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz, Pitbull and Chino y Nacho; as well
as distinguished actors like Andy Garcia. The new Kings of Carnaval
exemplify the diversity celebrated at Carnaval Miami, all five with
different Latin backgrounds — including Mexico, Cuba, Dominican
Republic, Puerto Rico and Ecuador.

“We’re honored to be named Kings of Carnaval Miami 2017, following in
the footsteps of some of the most iconic and influential musicians with
Latin roots,” said CNCO. “We are so excited to serve as brand
ambassadors to the Kiwanis of Little Havana’s mission to support the
youth in the dynamic and diverse Miami community.”

Adding to the excitement, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana also announced
an all-new flavorful event in partnership with Major League
Eating being introduced at this year’s Calle Ocho Festival: El
presented by Catalina. This eating contest of CUBAN
proportion will consist of contestants competing in three categories —
amateur (open to the public), celebrity and professional — to eat as
many croquettes as possible for bragging rights and monetary prizes
ranging from $100 to $1,750.

Carnaval Miami 2017 officially kicks off on Saturday, February 11th
with the Miss Carnaval pageant. The pageant winner will not only be
awarded cash prizes and scholarships, but the opportunity to be the face
of Carnaval Miami 2017 with sponsored entry into the Miss Florida USA

A full breakdown of this year’s events is listed below:



• February 11


36th Annual Miss Carnaval Miami

Manuel Artime Theater

A pageant of elegance, beauty, talent and poise to select Miss
Carnaval Miami 2017 and court. The winners become hosts of all
Carnaval Miami 2017 festivities, and brand ambassadors for the
Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation throughout an intense year of
activities. Tickets available through Eventbrite.


March 4 – 5

19th Annual Carnaval on the Mile

Downtown Coral Gables (Alhambra Circle)

A festival of art, jazz and funk, fine cuisine, cocktail pavilion
and children’s entertainment all weekend long. Three concert
stages, a mile of paintings, crafts, photography and jewelry of
the highest caliber; one cultural experience for the enjoyment of
all age groups.


March 4 – 5

2nd Annual Cork & Fork

Coral Gables, Miracle Mile [this will change. Pending meeting this

The food and wine tasting event will feature the hottest chefs,
local restaurants and international wines combined for two days of
unrivaled culinary tastings, intimate cooking demonstrations,
exclusive book signings and live entertainment. Tickets available
through Eventbrite.


March 7

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest

Location TBD

Aspiring chefs in three categories compete in one of the most
popular food competitions in South Florida. Culinary aficionados
will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity against
other food enthusiasts and compete for a variety of cash prizes.



March 8

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Domino

Domino Park
A popular domino tournament for golden age seniors held in the heart
of Little Havana.

March 9  

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Golf Classic

Miami International Links
Connect with VIPs at this Carnaval Miami-flavored tournament to
benefit the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation’s scholarship awards.

March 10

Carnaval Live! Gala

Jungle Island
An upscale, black tie gala attended by executives of multi-national
corporations in a world-class setting.

March 12

40th Annual Calle Ocho Festival

SW 12th to 27th Avenue

The culmination of it all! The world’s largest ‘Hispanic’
festival! Block after block of Little Havana full of musical
stages, international food, dance, sampling sites and family
entertainment to celebrate life and all Hispanic ethnicities.
Tickets for a first ever VIP tour, limited to 100 spots, available
through Eventbrite.


Carnaval Miami is organized annually by the Kiwanis Club of Little
Havana. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation’s
youth development programs. For more information about the Kiwanis of
Little Havana, or Carnaval Miami 2017 sponsorship opportunities, visit
and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@KiwanisKCLH)
and Facebook (@KiwanisLittleHavana)
for real-time updates.

About Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

The Kiwanis of Little Havana is an affiliate of Kiwanis International, a
worldwide non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to serving
children in their communities. Founded in 1975, the Little Havana
Chapter is known for using advanced fundraising initiatives, such as
Carnaval Miami and its flagship events Carnaval on the Mile and Calle
Ocho Festival. Through the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation, the
organization impacts thousands of families annually, with youth
development programs including holiday giving, scholarships, youth
summer camps, back to school and more. For more information, visit,


Pinta for Kiwanis Club of Little Havana
Rebecca Brooks,
305-615-1111 Ext. 203