(Miami Herald) “I wish my dad was here to see this,” 27-year-old Abraham Quintero cried just before 2 a.m.
Wearing an “I love Hialeah” T-shirt, he stood on West 49th Street and Ludlam Road, where police quickly set up watch posts to make sure impromptu revelers stayed safe.
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Passing cars honked incessantly. People waved huge Cuban flags. Iconic exile singer Willy Chirino blared from car radios. Parents carried their children and puppies. A few people appeared clad in pajamas, jolted out of bed — and out of their homes — by the late-night news.
Some yelled profanities about Castro.
“Fidel, tirano, llévate a tu hermano,” they chanted outside Versailles Cuban Restaurant on Southwest Eighth Street. Fidel, tyrant, take your brother.