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The first ever Latin American Parade and Festival drew thousands of celebrants to downtown, including residents and visitors, children and families, and Latinos and others to honor Latin-American culture.
The parade moved down Pine Avenua and then proceeded to the East Village Arts District for a fiesta that continued well into the evening. food, music, dance, vendors, and friends old and new characterized the celebration, which grew so large and additional street needed to be closed to accomodate all the celebrants.
And next year, it will only get bigger.
"We wanted to feel it out for the first year, but next year it will definitely be bigger," said First District Councilman Robert Garcia, who spearheaded the event. "And it will keep getting bigger every year."
The First District wishes to thank Downtown Long Beach Associates for their hard work in making this happen, as well as all the many community groups who marched in the parade and took part in the festivities.
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