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Monday March 11, 2013

“Making the Road to Citizenship” Caravan to End in Miami’s Calle 8 Festival

“Making the Road to Citizenship” Caravan to End in Miami’s Calle 8 Festival

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The caravan that for the past 10 days has traveled around Florida calling for the approval of immigration reform arrives on Sunday in Miami, where its participants will join in celebrating the traditional Calle 8 Festival in Little Havana.

“Nothing can be more powerful than to join our voices for immigration reform at a festival that celebrates our culture and immigrant pride,” Florida Immigrant Coalition executive director Maria Rodriguez said.

The Florida Immigrant Coalition is one of the organizations participating in the so-called “Making the Road to Citizenship” caravan.

The caravan, which started on March 1 in the cities of Orlando and Haines City, Florida, made its second-to-last stop on Saturday when members marched from Florida City to Homestead.

Just like in other cities in the state, activists and immigrant families called on the federal government to stop deportations and approve immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for all immigrants.

The Florida caravan is part of the national “Families United Now” tour, which is taking place in 19 states and more than 90 cities around the country.

The Calle 8 Festival - where Elvis Crespo, Angel y Khriz and El Cata are performing - will attract more than 500,000 people this year, organizers say. It has been held since 1978 and is a celebration where all communities of immigrants who have made Miami their home can come out and enjoy themselves at a big street party along SW 8th St.

Organizers this year are intending to mix up a huge batch of sangria to try and set a new world record. Their idea is to distribute among the public 500 liters (132 gallons) of the typically Spanish beverage to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Florida’s discovery by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513.