Photo: Daddy Yankee
Puerto Rican reggaeton star Daddy Yankee will be one of the stars at Miami’s Calle Ocho, one of the largest Hispanic festivals in the United States.
“The most important artist of the urban Latino genre, Daddy Yankee, is the king of Calle Ocho this year,” Kiwanis Club of Little Havana president Tony Lorenzo said in a statement.
The festival, which will take place on March 9, draws tens of thousands of people each year.
Daddy Yankee, who released “El Imperio Nazza: King Daddy Edition” last October, was the obvious choice for king of Calle Ocho, Lorenzo said.
This year’s festival will honor the legendary Celia Cruz on Celia Cruz Way, where a procession will take place, with a statue of the “Queen of salsa” being carried through the streets of Little Havana, Lorenzo said.
Calle Ocho set a Guinness record in 1988 for staging the world’s longest conga line, with 119,969 people swaying their hips to Gloria Estefan’s hit “Conga.”
The festival, which is organized by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, set a Guinness record in 1990 with the world’s biggest piñata and set records for the world’s longest cigar in 2000 and the largest number of domino players in one place in 2008.
Between 800,000 and 1 million people attend the festival each year, organizers said.