The Sound of Boyle Heights: “Churro Man” whistles while he works


Eduardo Cuevas, aka Churro Man, (right) with customers | Boyle Heights Beat


Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS – For some residents of Los Angeles, the sounds of the city are traffic and Metro trains and subways. But, for Boyle Heights residents, the sounds of their community also include the cries of pregones, or, street callers – like a local street vendor who sells churros while whistling “Ya llegó el churrito!” (“The churrito is here!”).

César Aguilera, who lives in Boyle Heights, said hearing Eduardo Cuevas, commonly known as the “Churro man,” takes him back to his childhood.

Cuevas’ whistle was inspired by his grandfather who many years ago used a similar whistle to keep the sheep and goats together in herds as they grazed in Zacatecas, Mexico. He remembers noticing how similar the sound was to birds’ calls, which he thought was a bit curious.

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  1. Sweet story:)

  2. What a wonderful and charming story. Thanks, EastsiderLA!!

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