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Girls wave Salvadoran flags as their a float (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Girls wave Salvadoran flags as their a float in the Central American Parade goes down North Franklin Street in Hempstead. (Sept. 15, 2013)

Central America celebrated in parade, festival in Hempstead

The annual Central American Parade and Festival in the Village of Hempstead celebrates the independence of Central American countries from Spain as well as their peoples and cultures.

Spectators waving Honduran flags watch the Central American
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Spectators waving Honduran flags watch the Central American Parade on Front Street in Hempstead. (Sept. 15, 2013)

Spectators with Salvadoran flags watch the Central American
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Spectators with Salvadoran flags watch the Central American Parade on Front Street in Hempstead. (Sept. 15, 2013)

Delia Ortega, her daughter Natalie, 7, and husband
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Delia Ortega, her daughter Natalie, 7, and husband Haroldo watch floats head down North Franklin Street during the Central American Parade in Hempstead. (Sept. 15, 2013)

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Girls wave Salvadoran flags as their a float
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Girls wave Salvadoran flags as their a float in the Central American Parade goes down North Franklin Street in Hempstead. (Sept. 15, 2013)

Miriam Mororia, Daniel Mororia, and Jose Canales, 10,
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Miriam Mororia, Daniel Mororia, and Jose Canales, 10, cheer as they watch the Central American Parade on North Franklin Street in Hempstead. (Sept. 15, 2013)

Margarita Quantano smiles to the crowd as she
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Margarita Quantano smiles to the crowd as she marches down North Franklin Street in Hempstead during the Central American Parade. (Sept. 15, 2013)

Jose Gonzales carries the flag of Honduras as
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Jose Gonzales carries the flag of Honduras as he marches down North Franklin Street during the Central American Parade in Hempstead. (Sept. 15, 2013)

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