Crowd honors tree as Havana celebrates 500th anniversary

  • People take selfies at the malecon watching the fireworks as part of the celebration of the 500 years of the city in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Havana celebrate its 500th anniversary on Saturday, a milestone event which has sparked reflection and anticipation in the country, as it faces an increasingly hostile US Administration and serious economic challenges. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • People walk along the malecon watching the fireworks as part of the celebration of the 500 years of the city in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Havana celebrate its 500th anniversary on Saturday, a milestone event which has sparked reflection and anticipation in the country, as it faces an increasingly hostile US Administration and serious economic challenges. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

HAVANA — Hundreds of people in Cuba’s capital stood in line to kiss, touch or walk around a towering silk floss tree Saturday in a nod to tradition as they celebrate Havana’s 500th anniversary this weekend.

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