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Thousands show up for Central American parade

September 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nearly 40,000 people turned out Sunday for the 37th annual Central American parade in Los Angeles' Westlake District.The event celebrates the culture and independence of seven Central American countries, including Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala.

They cheered the floats representing the countries of the region. Community groups and elected officials greeted the crowd.

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck was on hand to show support.

Police patrolled the route through the Westlake District, but the parade was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Tensions have been high between police and some community members in the area since the officer-involved shooting of a Guatemalan man two weeks ago.

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