Cruising on Van Nuys Blvd.

Van Nuys, CA - April 17: Mario Garcia II, seated in driver seat, Alexis Alejandre, 18, passenger, Mario Garcia and Karla Ramirez, 8, sit in their 1963 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport as they watch cruisers ride by during the Van Nuys Cruise Night on Van Nuys Blvd. in Van Nuys. People watch classic cars parade down Van Nuys Blvd. during the monthly Van Nuys Cruise Night Van Nuys Blvd. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Van Nuys, CA. Cruising is back in a major way in Southern California. The distinctly local custom of leisure drives on urban boulevards in elegant or souped-up vehicles has blossomed during the pandemic, reaching heights of the practice not seen since the heydays of the 1980s and the subsequent crackdown. Car club leaders say they are responsible participants in their community, and lead fundraising drives for kids, relief, and other causes. But neighbors of areas where cruises take place say they feel under siege by the hundreds of vehicles and people who gather, locking down their streets in traffic, and leading to violence or threats. They say their complaints to police and City Hall go unheeded. The scene has also evolved to include so-called "boogies," where a sound system is set up and any parking lot becomes an outdoor dance party. It is parts Chicano vintage culture revival, in the dress and style of the women and men who gather, and part rejection of coronavirus protocols that require social distancing and masks. The scene continues despite the intense toll the pandemic has taken on SoCal Latinos, and some argue such parties and gatherings are super-spreader events. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Van Nuys, CA - April 17: Mario Garcia II, seated in driver seat, Alexis Alejandre, 18, passenger, Mario Garcia and Karla Ramirez, 8, sit in their 1963 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport as they watch cruisers ride by during the Van Nuys Cruise Night on Van Nuys Blvd. in Van Nuys. People watch classic cars parade down Van Nuys Blvd. during the monthly Van Nuys Cruise Night Van Nuys Blvd. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Van Nuys, CA. Cruising is back in a major way in Southern California. The distinctly local custom of leisure drives on urban boulevards in elegant or souped-up vehicles has blossomed during the pandemic, reaching heights of the practice not seen since the heydays of the 1980s and the subsequent crackdown. Car club leaders say they are responsible participants in their community, and lead fundraising drives for kids, relief, and other causes. But neighbors of areas where cruises take place say they feel under siege by the hundreds of vehicles and people who gather, locking down their streets in traffic, and leading to violence or threats. They say their complaints to police and City Hall go unheeded. The scene has also evolved to include so-called "boogies," where a sound system is set up and any parking lot becomes an outdoor dance party. It is parts Chicano vintage culture revival, in the dress and style of the women and men who gather, and part rejection of coronavirus protocols that require social distancing and masks. The scene continues despite the intense toll the pandemic has taken on SoCal Latinos, and some argue such parties and gatherings are super-spreader events. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Cruising on Van Nuys Blvd.
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