Cuban Embassy Reopens. Cigars, Protests and Food Ensue

Seven months after President Obama announced that the United States would begin normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Cuban flag is flying in the United States for the first time in 54 years. Large crowds gathered outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. as the flag was raised for the first time since 1961. Here’s what went down on this historic day:

Some people posed with the flag before it was raised.

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That’s the same flag that was lowered in on January 3, 1961, when the US cut off diplomatic ties with Cuba.

Others celebrated with a cigar.

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And while people inside in the Cuban Embassy enjoyed some snacks…

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All eyes (and cameras) were on the Cuban Embassy building.

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There were plenty of supporters on hand…

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Along with protestors.

In Miami, protestors lined the streets to make their voices heard.

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 Some engaged in debate…

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And others sent messages to President Obama.

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Back in D.C., the flag was raised to cheers from the crowd.

And there's the flag ??

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Others chanted, “Cuba sí, Castro no.”

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After 54 years, the flag was flying in the U.S. once again.

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Three Cuban soldiers stood at attention while the flag made its way up the pole.

A new plaque went up…

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Secretary of State John Kerry made it official with a handshake…

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And the selfies started making their way to Instagram.

*Officially* a new neighbor on 16th St, #CubanEmbassy raised its flag and opened today. #Cuba #embassy #DC

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