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Tina Bucuvalas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031403

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031403.001.0001

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The Patronal Festival of Vueltas in Cuban Miami

The Patronal Festival of Vueltas in Cuban Miami

“No One Loses, They Always Win!”

(p.23) The Patronal Festival of Vueltas in Cuban Miami
The Florida Folklife Reader

Tina Bucuvalas

University Press of Mississippi

For many years, Cubans in the United States mostly regarded themselves not as immigrants but as exiles with a limited tenure. In Miami, they have redefined parts of their social and political structure in order to cope with the difficult transition between their past and their present, and have also retained many aspects of their culture. This chapter examines the patronal festival celebrated by Miami’s Cuban population who were former residents of Vueltas, Cuba. It first provides a background on patronal festivals in general before focusing on the patronal festival of Vueltas. The chapter then considers how Miami Cubans have preserved their social organization through Los Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio (Cuban Municipalities in Exile) and discusses the significance of the Vueltas festival within the social context as well as its adaptation to new conditions in Miami.

Keywords:   patronal festivals, Cubans, immigrants, Miami, Vueltas, Cuba, social organization, Municipios de Cuba

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