Cuban cel­e­bra­tion of in­de­pen­dence

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There’s one Latino stereo­type no­body’s likely to protest: Cubans know how to throw a great party.

The 13th an­nual Cuban Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­turns to Echo Park on Sun­day, with tra­di­tional food and danc­ing to four L.A.-based bands — Orquesta Tabaco y Ron, La Cha­ranga Cubana, Chino Espinoza, Bay­alo and Tim­bao.

Billed as the only ma­jor cel­e­bra­tion in Los An­ge­les of Cuban In­de­pen­dence Day, it’s one of the city’s most en­joy­able eth­nic fes­ti­vals. The event was can­celed two years ago for lack of funds and the city was poorer for it. Ku­dos to long­time spon­sors — Li­bo­rio Mar­ket, Gav­ina Cof­fee, Copelia Bak­ery, and the L.A. Cul­tural Af­fairs De­part­ment, among oth­ers — for restor­ing an im­por­tant civic tra­di­tion. 2007 Cuban Mu­sic Fes­ti­val: Pres­en­cia Cubana en Los An­ge­les, Sun­day, noon to 7 p.m., Echo Park, Glen­dale Boule­vard and Park Av­enue near Sun­set. Free. (818) 383-2563. Gurza cov­ers Latino mu­sic, arts and cul­ture. E-mail agustin.gurza@la­times.com with com­ments, events and ideas for this weekly fea­ture.

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