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Mexican Mayor Ties The Knot With An ALLIGATOR Wearing A Wedding Dress (Photos)

A Mexican mayor married an alligator that was wearing a wedding dress and sealed their nuptials with a kiss.

San Pedro Huamelula Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa married the alligator as part of an age-old indigenous ritual to bring abundance to the village in southwestern Mexico.

The seven-year-old reptile, referred to as Little Princess, is believed to be a deity representing Mother Earth and her marriage to the local leader symbolises the joining of humans with the divine.

In a colourful ceremony, traditional music rang out and revelers danced while imploring the indigenous leader to kiss his new bride.

Trumpets blared and drums provided a festive beat as the mayor carried the alligator bride in his arms through the streets as men fanned it with their hats.

The alligator’s jaws had been tied shut to prevent any unwanted biting during the ritual.

Elia Edith Aguilar, known as the godmother who organised the wedding, said she spent a lot of time fretting over what the bride would wear.

According to Elia Edith Aguilar, the godmother: “it gives me so much happiness and makes me proud of my roots.

‘It’s a very beautiful tradition.’

She added it was a privilege to be entrusted with carrying out the ceremony and said she spent a lot of time fretting over what the bride would wear.

Victor Hugo Sosa is the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, a village in Mexico.

During the ceremony, traditional music rang out and revelers danced while imploring the indigenous leader to kiss his new bride.

Trumpets blared and drums provided a festive beat as the mayor carried the alligator bride in his arms through the streets as men fanned it with their hats.

The ritual marriage likely dates back centuries to pre-Hispanic times among Oaxaca state’s Chontal and Huave indigenous communities.

It is similar to a prayer pleading for nature’s bounty in the village.

Mayor Sosa said: ‘We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river.’

San Pedro Huamelula is a small fishing village on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast in Mexico.

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