Man marries alligator dressed in white wedding gown and kisses it in front of guests

The marriage of an alligator by the mayor of a small Mexican village has been praised as a “really beautiful tradition.”

Last Thursday, June 30, a colorful ceremony saw Victor Hugo Sosa, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula in Oaxaca, exchange vows with a reptile decked out in a wedding gown.

To prevent any mishaps during the wedding, the reptile’s jaw was fastened together.

Man marries alligator dressed in white wedding gown and kisses it in front of guests

After their nuptials, Sosa sealed their union with a kiss on the reptile’s face.

Man marries alligator dressed in white wedding gown and kisses it in front of guests

The alligator was then paraded through the village, carried by locals as men lined the streets to fan the newly-wed with their hats.

Man marries alligator dressed in white wedding gown and kisses it in front of guests

It is thought that the bizarre marriage dates back centuries and is a tradition of Oaxaca state’s Chontal and Huave indigenous communities.

The ceremony is linked to nature and good harvests.

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

Man marries alligator dressed in white wedding gown and kisses it in front of guests

The seven-year-old reptile is believed to be a deity representing mother Earth. Her marriage to a local leader is meant to symbolise the unity between humans and the divine.

She was dubbed “little princess” by wedding guests.

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