Mexican mayor marries “princess” Alligator in time-honored tradition

It’s the mayor and the alligator, united in a blissful marriage.

A Mexican mayor of a small village Thursday married an alligator bride in a ceremony dating back centuries in hopes of bringing good luck to his fishing community.

San Pedro Huamelula Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa bent down more than once to kiss the reptile while the alligator’s snout was tied shut during Thursday’s jubilant ceremony, which featured trumpets and drums.

The 7-year-old alligator, also known as the little princess, is considered a deity that represents nature. Her marriage to a local leader symbolizes people’s connection with the divine.

The alligator was carried through the village streets by locals while men fanned it with their hats.

The colorful ceremony is part of a ritual that can probably be traced back centuries to pre-Hispanic times in the indigenous communities of Chontal and Huave in the state of Oaxaca. The fishing village belongs to Oaxaca on the Pacific coast.

“We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, so we can have fish in the river,” Sosa said.

The tradition, now mingled with Catholic spirituality, is to tuck the alligator or caiman into a white wedding dress and other colored garments. Many groups in southern Mexico have retained their rich indigenous culture.

A woman touches a seven-year-old alligator dressed as a bride for a traditional ritual wedding
The 7-year-old alligator is known in the community as the “little princess.”
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A seven-year-old alligator sits next to a wedding dress
The bride prepares to put on the wedding dress.
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Princess the Alligator
People carry the bride before a traditional ritual marriage that probably dates back centuries to pre-Hispanic times.
Reuters/Jose de Jesus Cortes

Elia Edith Aguilar, known as the godmother who put together the event, said the ceremony made her “so lucky,” although she worried about what the alligator would be wearing.

“And makes me proud of my roots,” she said, later adding. “It’s a very nice tradition.”

With postal wires Mexican mayor marries “princess” Alligator in time-honored tradition


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