ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A few dozen demonstrators gathered in Echo Park Saturday morning to celebrate the passing of Fidel Castro, waving Cuban and U.S. flags at passing cars.
"I couldn't sleep last night... I tried to sleep a couple of times but I couldn't. I can hardly wait to see more Cubans and celebrate," Gilbert San Juan said.
Individuals told Eyewitness News that their happiness came with a renewed determination to see Cuba become free in their lifetimes.
"Seeing my reaction from my grandparents last night was beautiful, so we're waiting for a free Cuba," Karissa San Juan said.
Sharing in the optimism, another demonstrator Cecilia Fernandez said, "What it represents is the opportunity for us to really go out there and say, 'Hey, something's got to change."
Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored last year.
President-elect Donald Trump has threatened the further continuation of the relationship if current Cuban president Raul Castro refuses to provide greater concessions.
PHOTOS: Cuba's Fidel Castro over the years.