South Floridians share their Quinces

  • Luli McArthur explains the photo of her mother's 15th birthday party: "This is a picture of my mother's Quinces celebration on March 9, 1957, at Los Curros de Enriquez Dance Hall in Havana, Cuba. In the foreground is my mother, Milagros Ramos, with her Quinces dance partner; and in the background is my father, Miguel Bouza, dancing with his date and smiling for the camera." Courtesy of Luli McArthur

  • Cassandra Hernandez, 16, celebrated her Quince last year with more than 180 guests in Miami Lakes. Courtesy of Cassandra Hernandez

  • Aiza Prince, 47, left, with her grandfather in 1980. She described the moment: "The best Abuelo in the world with one happy quinceñera who thought the tiara looked better on him than her." Courtesy of Aiza Prince

  • Martha Castillo, 50, took her Quince photos at Hialeah Race Track in 1977. Courtesy of Martha Castillo

  • Yazmin Perez, 16, in her dress at a private park behind the Biltmore Hotel. Courtesy of Yazmin Perez

  • Dulce María Castilla, 76, wears her gown in 1952 in Havana, Cuba. Courtesy of Dulce María Castilla

  • Rachel Gibert, 22, in her dress in July 2005. Gibert recalls the day. "I remember in this picture it was extremely hot outside," she said. "I don't know if you can see it in my face but I was ready to get some cool air!" Courtesy of Rachel Gibert

  • Anacely Labrada, 49, wears her dress in 1978. Courtesy of Anacely Labrada

  • Georgina Jimenez de Atorresagasti, 71, poses for a photo in 1957 in Cuba. Courtesy of Georgina Jimenez de Atorresagasti

  • Alondra Luaces, 17, celebrated her Quince in 2011. Courtesy of Alondra Luaces

  • Juana Garcia, 40, left, with Jesus Garcia in 1987. Years later they married. Courtesy of Juana Garcia

  • Barbara Alvarez, 77, in her dress in 1951. Courtesy of Barbara Alvarez

  • Isabel Gomez Bassols, 70, center, had her Quince at the Havana Hilton in December of 1958. Courtesy of Isabel Gomez Bassols

  • Samantha Miyares, 19, traveled to Europe for her 15th birthday in 2009. Courtesy of Samantha Miyares

  • Dorita Fernandez, 64, at her Quince in 1948 in Cuba. Courtesy of Dorita Fernandez

  • Miami Herald Editorial Page Editor Myriam Marquez poses outside Coral Gables entrance at 57th Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street for her Quinces. Her dress was on loan from her mother's co-worker whose daughter had celebrated her 15th birthday a few weeks earlier.

  • Herald Editorial Page Editor Myriam Marquez with her maternal grandparents celebrating her 15th birthday at home.

  • Miami Herald Editorial Page Editor Myriam Marquez with her mother, Irene Lopez, and her stepdad, Manuel Lopez.