The Latin Walk of Fame of Little Havana
Little Havana, located just west of Miami, has developed into a center of Cuban and Latin American culture. Once majority Cuban, this area has now developed into a mix of Latin cultures. With hand rolled cigars, Cuban restaurants, and Latin music, Little Havana is a must see neighborhood when visiting Miami. One of the most noted attraction for tourist or locals is the Latin Walk of Fame.
The Latin Walk of Fame is located in Little Havana on Calle Ocho. It is a collection of stars entrenched in the pavement which signifies specific dedications to the Latin stars that have impacted the culture, community, and traditions. This stretch of sidewalk is known by several different names. The Latin Walk of Fame also known as the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame or Hispanic Hollywood is situated outside of Maximo Gomez Park, Domino Park and runs along Calle Ocho between 12th Avenue and 17th Avenue. The pink marble stars embedded in the sidewalk are constant memories of accomplishments of artist and organizations in the Latin community. The Calle Ocho Walk of Fame is mimicked after the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was constructed to recognize and celebrate Latin stars with ties to South Florida. The first star was positioned on the Latin Walk of Fame in 1987 in honor of Celia Cruz, a famous Cuban salsa dancer.
The idea to create a separate Walk of Fame dedicated to Latin celebrities was a long process but in 1988 the Miami Commissions granted approval for the project. The project soon hit a bumpy road in 1991 when the company sponsoring the venture went broke and fell into legal troubles. In 1995, two Fort Lauderdale men, Alexander Franco and Guido Rodriguez, came in and continued the progress of the Latin Walk of Fame where the previous company had left off. Despite all the controversy, 30 Latin celebrities have been honored with stars on Calle Ocho Walk of Fame. Not everyone honored on the stars are Cuban, but they are all of Latin decent.
The 30 celebrities that currently have stars on The Latin Walk of Fame will always be a part of the Little Havana culture and community. These people have had an impact on the Latin society in one-way or another. Walk along Calle Ocho and recognize some of the prominent figures that have shaped the community in some form.