The mayor of a Mexican town recently exchanged vows with an unusual blushing bride – a crocodile. (Some men would say he’s not the first.)
CNN reports that Victor Aguilar, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, exchanged vows with the reptile, looking resplendent if slightly toothy in a white wedding dress and flower crown on her head. The bizarre ceremony is believed to be a tradition that dates back several centuries in the town.
The “wedding” symbolizes the union of two Mexican indigenous groups: the Chontales and the Huaves. In pre-Colombian times the two groups lived in conflict until the son of the Chontales married the daughter of the king of the Huales.
Both groups claimed to have the power to bring good luck to a harvest.
In the wedding, which you can watch on video here, Aguilar represented the Chontales while the crocodile played the role of the Huale.
The groom said that the Huaves people call the crocodile “a princess, and the role I play is being the husband of the princess.”
The ceremony concluded with song and dance, including a first dance between the bride and groom.
The faux nuptials are part of festivities honouring San Pedro Huamelula's patron saint, Saint Peter.