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Flickr photo by Max Santa Cruz, May 2010

My answer is simple: We have no idea!

But we’ve been getting a LOT of emails about this – like, a LOT. So we’ll try and clear things up for everyone excited for a day of congas and Cuba!

First off, the Cuban Music Festival is an annual event at Echo Park Lake – this year marks the 17th. It celebrates Cuba’s Independence from Spain on May 20, and Cuban poet José Martí (you may have notice his statue at the corner of the park).

The festival is usually held on the closest Sunday to that May 20th date – making this year’s Cuban Festival maybe on May 22, 2011. I have not gotten this confirmed by any event organizers, but would love to hear back from them soon and will let everyone know as soon as I know!

Hundreds of people gathered at the Cuban human rights rally today at the lake in Echo Park.

Quite a few gatherers dressed in white at the rally

George Lopez & Perez Hilton at the rally (via Twitpic)

Sunday vendors managed their usual spots despite the crowds

On Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 pm at the Echo Park Lake, Cuba’s Ladies in White are leading a “march of solidarity” to bring awareness to human rights issues in Cuba.

According to the Roots of Hope website, the event will include some celebrity supporters of the cause:

Join Academy Award Nominee Andy Garcia, comedian & actor George Lopez, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and hundreds more in a march of solidarity with Cuba’s Ladies In White – the mothers, daughters, wives and sisters of Cuban prisoners of conscience – and all those who struggle for peaceful nonviolent change in Cuba.

Everyone involved in the march is encouraged to wear white.

The Miami Herald has also a detailed article on the Ladies in White and its cause.

If you have any questions, please contact Cubans In LA at cubansinla@gmail.com