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Jazz, Music and Tennis at Carnival on the Mile

March 6, 2007 03:09 PM

Jazz was heard on the streets of downtown Coral Gables during Carnival on the Mile, an eventful weekend festival filled with music, art, and of course, tennis!

Carnival on the Mile, located on Miracle Mile, is part of a series of events hosted by the Kiwanis of Little Havana that ultimately ends with Calle Ocho, one of the biggest Latin festivals in the world, on March 11.  Carnival on the Mile kicked off with a lively jazz concert on Friday, March 2 to set the mood for the entire weekend. 

Twenty five music groups and artists, four bands from New Orleans, and more than 100 artists from all over the United States and the Caribbean showcased their art and music for the enthusiastic crowd.   More than 20 vineyards and 10 restaurants set-up under a wine pavilion, while two food courts offered meals from local eateries.
USTA Florida was one of many exhibitors that was involved in the weekend action.  The weekend offered USTA Florida an opportunity to promote tennis programs in the Miami community and expand its outreach to the Hispanic and Latin population.  Seventy thousand people attended the event with over 2,500 people stopping by the “tennis court” to play tennis and gather information about junior and adult programs in their area.

As appreciation, USTA Florida handed out maracas to those who stopped by the booth, and gave out t-shirts to those who grabbed a racquet and played.  “Juega Tenis” was printed in big letters on all shirts.
 “The hit of weekend was our maracas!” said Cathy Nordlund, South Region 8 Community Coordinator.  “Las abuelas especially liked the maracas who wanted them for their grandchildren.”

Kids from the local USTA Jr. Team Tennis program in Miami donated their time to help out with the festivities, as did members of the YMCA , City of Coral Gables, and other USTA Florida volunteers.  Perhaps one of the surprises of the weekend came when the youngest life members of the USTA Florida section, a triplet trio 4 years of age, stopped by to say hello.
USTA Florida will be ready to go next week, when Diversity Staff Liaison, Shelly Licorish, heads back to Miami for Calle Ocho.  With more than 1,000,000 attendees in one day, you can bet that tennis will be in full swing!












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