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Multicultural Orlando

The growing diversity of Orlando’s population offers visitors a wide variety of cultural and historical activities to include on their vacation itineraries. From celebrations of culture to historical sites, you are sure to enjoy your exploration of multicultural Orlando.

Rich in African-American History

TZora Festival 2007he African-American experience is woven throughout the rich and colorful fabric of Florida’s history. In fact, until the early 19th century, the Orlando area was home to many blacks that lived as free men and women in the Spanish-owned territory after escaping from U.S. slave states. This group cultivated some of the first orange groves in Orlando, enjoying a peaceful existence with the area’s native Seminole Indians and the Spanish settlers until the outbreak of the Civil War.

No telling of the area’s African-American history is complete without the town of Eatonville. Incorporated in 1883 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, Eatonville is the oldest African-American municipality in the United States. Its most famous former resident is Harlem Renaissance author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, who spent her early years in Eatonville and writes about those years in "Their Eyes Were Watching God” and "Dust Tracks on a Road.”  Her accomplishments are showcased in the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities each January and in the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts. Though many of Eatonville’s original buildings are gone, a walking tour of the area does highlight significant structures.

In the 1920s, famed musicians including Count Basie, Cab Calloway and B.B. King traveled the South playing in segregated clubs including Orlando’s South Street Casino and staying in segregated hotels such as Orlando’s Wells’ Built Hotel. The hotel became a popular stop on what was affectionately known as the "Chitlin Circuit” because many of the entertainment venues served chitterlings and other soul food dishes to entertainers and patrons. While the South Street Casino is long gone, the Wells’ Built Hotel still stands proudly as a tribute to Orlando’s African American heritage. 

A Tapestry of Latin Cultures.

With residents coming from Cuba, Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, Orlando benefits from a rich mosaic of Latin cultures. In fact, today, nearly 20 percent of the Central Florida population is of Hispanic origin. Their impact on the area’s dining, entertainment and cultural offerings are impressive.

Several festivals are held each year to celebrate the area’s Latin influences including SeaWorld’s Viva La Musica (March) which brings top Latin recording artists to Orlando; Fiesta Medina (April) featuring national and international performers, Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Fiesta San Juan complete with a midnight swim for luck in tribute to "The Night of San Juan” (June); Caribbean Festival at Silver Springs (September); and Orlando Calle Orange Festival Latino (October) which fills the streets of downtown Orlando with Latin sights, sounds and tastes.

Discover Orlando’s ViMi District

Just northeast of downtown Orlando, the ViMi district (near the intersection of Virginia and Mills avenues) is an expanding enclave of authentic Asian restaurants, shops and markets and is home to one of the largest Vietnamese-American communities in Florida.  Vietnamese, Korean, Thai and Chinese restaurants crowd along Colonial Drive and Mills Avenue; and grocery stores, stocked with everything from alternative medicines to exotic produce, cater mostly to Asian customers.