Mayor marries crocodile to bring good harvest in Mexican town
The mayor of a Mexican town got married to a crocodile with the belief that the act will bring good luck to local fishermen. This is a part of a 200-year-old tradition of Chontal Indians in Oaxaca state who think this act will bring peace and prosperity to its fishfolk.
Victor Aguilarand married “Princess” in a traditional ceremony in the town hall of San Pedro Huamelula on Friday. The bride was resplendent in a custom made white dress, a flower crown, veil. Her mouth was closed shut with a beautiful ribbon.
According to the tradition that is being followed since 1789, the mayor of the town has to marry a new crocodile every year. Explaining this, the groom said, “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.”
Before the ceremony, the bride was paraded through the town to the march of a band. The formal ceremony at the town hall was followed by more music and dance. This also included the traditional nuptial dance by the bride and groom. The wedding is also a way to pay tribute to the patron saint of the town Saint Peter.