As news of Fidel Castro’s death broke Friday night, the Cuban-American population in Miami were among the first to react— taking to the streets in celebration of Castro’s death following almost five decades of ruling the island nation. Although his younger brother Raúl Castro has been in control since 2008, Fidel’s death represents to many Cuban-Americans closure on a painful chapter in both their lives and in their nations history. In Hialeah, FL, celebrations lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning, with the sounds of pots and pans smashing, cars honking, and people cheering filling the air around 49th Street.

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