Mexican Mayor Marries Alligator, But It’s Not What You Think — We Explain.

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A recent wedding in a small Mexican town has given a new meaning to the term “Bridezilla.”

In a centuries-old tradition, Victor Hugo Sosa, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, participated in a traditional wedding ceremony and “married” an alligator. The ceremony is said to help deliver abundance and prosperity to the town.

“We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river,” Sosa said. “We need to ask for things with love, so Huamelula won’t suffer consequences.”

According to sources, the alligator is a symbol for Mother Earth and the union between humanity and the divine. During the wedding, the alligator was referred to as “little princess” and was dressed in a white bridal gown and a flowered veil. Later, the alligator makes an outfit change and is dressed in a pink top and yellow skirt. Sosa was dressed in a white guayabera with colorful embroidered designs. “Snappy” dressers, if you ask us.

In a video of the ceremony, Sosa is seen carrying his reptilian bride through the streets of Huamelula and dancing with her at the celebration. He even kisses her on the snout. The alligator’s mouth is tied closed for safety reasons (and probably to keep the kiss tasteful).

“It gives me so much happiness and makes me proud of my roots and this beautiful tradition,” said Elia Edith Aguilar, who served as the “godmother” and helped organize the ritual.