MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Little Havana and Westchester neighborhoods were fairly quiet on Sunday morning though they did have the feel of after New Year’s Eve.
Police lines are still up and trash waits to be collected after Saturday’s celebratory gatherings carried over into the early morning hours on Sunday.
According to police, the crowds finally began to thin out around 3:30 a.m. as thousands of South Floridians came out to celebrate Fidel Castro’s death.
“I’m so happy to see this happening,” said one person along Bird Road late Saturday night. “I do believe there’s hope. There’s gonna be change coming for sure.”
Juan Bravo and his wife Janet hope there will be meaningful change, which is why they were celebrating on Saturday.
“Definitely a change in Cuba, positive change for the Cuban people,” said Janet Bravo. “Finally have some freedom, liberty that we all enjoy in this great country.”
“It’s a celebration,” said Juan Bravo. “Not the death of a human being but the death of a dictator, a killer, a murderer who has caused so much damage and the separation of families.”
Early Sunday morning there were around twelve Miami-Dade Police Officers still stationed outside in Westchester.
The big question coming right now is what will happen next.
The death of Fidel Castro has been something local cities and agencies have had plans to handle for decades and suddenly that time is upon them.
There are nine days of mourning in Cuba but many are wondering if there will be nine days of rallies, demonstrations and celebrations in South Florida.