Man marries alligator dressed in white wedding gown

In what has been described as a “very beautiful tradition,” the mayor of a small village in Mexico has tied the knot with an alligator.

Victor Hugo Sosa, Mayor of San Pedro Huamelula in Oaxaca, married a reptile dressed in a wedding gown in a colorful ceremony on Thursday, June 30.

To avoid any mishaps during the wedding, the reptile’s jaw was tied together.

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

Sosa sealed their marriage with kiss to the face of the reptile.

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

The alligator was then carried through the village by locals, while men lined the streets, fanning the newlyweds with their hats.

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

The strange marriage is thought to date back centuries and is a tradition of Oaxaca state’s Chontal and Huave indigenous communities.

The ceremony is associated with nature and abundant 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 thought to represent Mother Earth as a supernatural entity. Her marriage to a local leader is intended to represent the unity of humans and the divine.

Wedding guests dubbed the alligator “little princess.”

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