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Performers say they offer a valuable service in an area with little more than stores, souvenirs and cheap eateries.

“It’s like a souvenir for the people,” Jordi Bellon, a 26-year-old from Spain, said, peering through his black Zorro mask as he wielded a rose and a plastic sword outside Grauman’s.

Yvonne Haug, 53, a visitor from Ontario, Canada, agreed.

“It’s kind of neat, having Zorro standing next to you,” she said. “This is what we came to see.”


AP writer Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles contributed to this report.