“I came because Fidel Castro was a very important character in Cuba. Whether you loved him or hated him, whether in Havana or in Miami, everyone is affected today,” said a young civil engineer, Javier Morales.
Standing quite far back in the queue, Mr Morales accepts that opinion on Castro’s legacy is split but felt that Cubans from all generations should acknowledge the man after his death: “Old people and young people, we all have something to thank him for. We have free education, we have free medical care, we have free social assistance thanks to him.”
Inside the plaza’s Jose Marti monument, t was no urn on display carrying Fidel Castro’s ashes, as many expected.
While Castro remains might not have physically been t, many were visibly moved as they filed past.
Of course, in south Florida, they see Fidel Castro through very different eyes.
They will have been bolstered by two things in November: the final removal of Fidel Castro from Cuba and the election of Donald Trump to the White House.
Coming on the same day that direct Miami-Havana flights with US airlines were re-established, the future president’s language on Cuba is only going to heighten the sense of uncertainty among ordinary Cubans following Castro’s death.