Mexican mayor marries his crocodile 'princess' bride

By Robyn Lucas
04 July 2017

The reptilian bride donned a custom-made white wedding dress - and even sported a flower veil.

Dressed all in white, the crocodile "princess bride" wed the mayor of a Mexican town as part of an age-old tradition.

The mayor of San Pedro Huamelula Victor Aguilar and his reptilain bride said "I do" Friday, 30 June, in a ceremony believed to bring prosperity to the region. The crocodile bride, known as "The Princess", was baptised on Thursday, 29 June, in preparation for her marriage to the Mexican mayor.

The female crocodile was dressed in a custom-made white wedding dress and flower veil while parading down the street to music played by a local band.

After all the processions, the crocodile, with her jaws clamped closed, wed the mayor to bring luck to local fisherman in the Southern-Western Coast of Mexico.

This ancient tradition has been in practice by the Chontal Indians since 1789.

Locals regard the crocodile as a ‘Princess’ because they believe she will bring good luck and prosperity to their community.

"With this ritual, we ask for a good harvest, for the sea and the lagoons to give us all the food we need and we ask that everything goes well with everyone here," the bridegroom said after the affair. "The marenos [the local residents], call her 'The Princess', so the role that I play is to be the husband of the princess," says the mayor.

After the ceremony, the mayor and his new reptile shared their first dance.

"The dance they do here is like an offer to God, to thank for the land, the harvest, the fish," a wedding guest said.


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