Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Unveils Carnaval 2017 event schedule, CNCO named king and Miss Carnaval 2017 Daniela Albrecht

Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, an affiliate of the worldwide volunteers’ organization, Kiwanis International, recently 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 Mijares and the declaration of this year’s King of Carnaval Miami, CNCO.

On February 11 , 2017 Miss Carnaval Miami Daniela Albrecht was crowned at the Manuel Artime Theatre in Little Havana along with her court. The first runner-up was Jacqueline Casale, second runner-up Melissa Fernandez, third runner-Up Roxana Ruiz, fourth runner-up Sabrina Ramos, and last but not least Miss Congeniality Valeria Sanchez.

Miss Carnaval Miami 2017 and Court

Daniela Albrecht, Jacqueline Casale, Melissa Fernandez, Roxana Ruiz, Sabrina Ramos, Valeria Sanchez

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. Carnaval Miami 2017 is a testament to both our legacy in this community and our commitment to the future of the next generation,” said Kiwanis of Little Havana President, Jerry Fernandez.

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 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. 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,” said CNCO.

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 Croquetazo 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.

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

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • March 4 – 5 19th Annual Carnaval on the Mile

Location: 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

Location: Alhambra Plaza and Corner of Salzedo

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: La Palma Restaurant

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 Tournament

Location: 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

Location: 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

Location: 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

Location: 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.

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 http://carnavalmiami.com