“It’s surreal. I feel like I’m free from the clutches of evil,” said Lola Faleit.
As soon as the presidential election was called on Nov. 7—at around 11:25 a.m.—Latinos all over the country reacted. From Brooklyn to California, and even overseas, cheers, honks, and street parties preceded the news that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential race.
People waved Biden-Harris signs from car windows and balconies, and a massive pro-Biden crowd gathered in the streets outside the White House. In New York City, some stopped their cars wherever they happened to be, got out and danced in the streets. In Louisville, Kentucky, Biden supporters gathered on their lawns to toast with champagne. In Kansas City, they swayed in a park to the song “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang.
How People Celebrated in the US
In Washington DC, a crowd gathered around the White House, which was fenced off, and a young man from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico threw a roll of paper towels over the fence.
He told a Washington Post reporter that he was in Puerto Rico when Hurricane María struck the island in 2017 and didn’t have any power or running water. President Trump visited the island in the weeks after the hurricane and threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans.
In another reference to Trump’s paper-towel-throwing, a Puerto Rican duo on TikTok made a music video poking fun at Trump losing the election.
Immigration advocates, part of Mijente, which helped Latino voter turnout in Georgia, made another music video as well to celebrate Trump’s loss.
For days, Trump’s supporters have been protesting outside of ballot-counting operations, alleging without evidence that the slow-moving results were proof of cheating. “This isn’t over! This isn’t over! Fake news!” some shouted Saturday as about 1,000 gathered at the Georgia State Capitol after news organizations announced election results.
But across America, most took to the streets, celebrating what was to them an end to four years of constant chaos.
“It’s surreal. I feel like I’m free from the clutches of evil,” said Lola Faleit, a 26-year-old human resources manager, according to the Associated Press. “In 2016, we woke up crying. Today we are celebrating. Look, the sky is clear blue, the sun is out, Mother Nature is celebrating, too.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.