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Pulse Owner Says 'Latin Night' Resumes Thursday

Club goers dance outside Parliament House, an LGBT nightclub, about a week after the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando. Pulse's owner has announced a "Latin Night" street party for Thursday, June 23.
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The owner of Orlando's Pulse nightclub, where 49 clubgoers were shot and killed on June 12, says she and her staff will host a "Latin Night" street party on Thursday.

"We need to show that we are strong, that Pulse continues and that we appreciate all the help the community has shown us," said Barbara Poma in a statement.

NPR's Cheryl Corley reports that the club itself remains closed, so another venue has been chosen:

The street party will take place about two miles away from the shuttered Pulse, and performers will dance and entertain throughout the night. Poma says the city has gone through a terrible and extraordinary ordeal and everyone must keep moving forward. She says her commitment is to keep Pulse alive and the party is a great way to start just that.

The mass shooting occurred 10 days ago at the end of Pulse's "Latin Night." According to Poma's statement, the party will take place at Wildsides, 700 E. Washington St. in downtown Orlando, Fla.

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Richard Gonzales is NPR's National Desk Correspondent based in San Francisco. Along with covering the daily news of region, Gonzales' reporting has included medical marijuana, gay marriage, drive-by shootings, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, the U.S. Ninth Circuit, the California State Supreme Court and any other legal, political, or social development occurring in Northern California relevant to the rest of the country.
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