Miami plans Castro death party

The city of Miami is already preparing to dance on Castro’s grave. A special committee set up by the city is planning the details of a giant official celebration to mark the ailing Cuban president’s death. The committee has discussed specifics such as the theme to be printed on T-shirts, what music will be played, and how long ...

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The city of Miami is already preparing to dance on Castro's grave. A special committee set up by the city is planning the details of a giant official celebration to mark the ailing Cuban president's death. The committee has discussed specifics such as the theme to be printed on T-shirts, what music will be played, and how long the event will last. The city commissioner has even proposed holding the gala at the Orange Bowl, the stadium where former President Kennedy gave a speech in 1961 about a free Cuba.

Some critics worry how a celebration in honor of someone's death will be perceived by those outside the Cuban exile community. It does sound rather macabre, and at least one planner seems to want to avoid that impression, with City Commissioner Tomas Regalado saying:

It's not that we're doing an official death party.

The city of Miami is already preparing to dance on Castro’s grave. A special committee set up by the city is planning the details of a giant official celebration to mark the ailing Cuban president’s death. The committee has discussed specifics such as the theme to be printed on T-shirts, what music will be played, and how long the event will last. The city commissioner has even proposed holding the gala at the Orange Bowl, the stadium where former President Kennedy gave a speech in 1961 about a free Cuba.

Some critics worry how a celebration in honor of someone’s death will be perceived by those outside the Cuban exile community. It does sound rather macabre, and at least one planner seems to want to avoid that impression, with City Commissioner Tomas Regalado saying:

It’s not that we’re doing an official death party.

But with T-shirts, music, and a people-packed Orange Bowl, it sure sounds like one.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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