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Mayor of Mexican town marries crocodile

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Mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas dances with his crocodile "bride" after a wedding ceremony in Huamelula, Mexico. (Source: APTN/CBS) Mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas dances with his crocodile "bride" after a wedding ceremony in Huamelula, Mexico. (Source: APTN/CBS)

SAN PEDRO HUAMELULA, MEXICO (APTN/CBS) - The mayor of a Mexican fishing town "married" a crocodile on Wednesday in a symbolic ceremony that's part of local tradition.

Mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas wed the crocodile at city hall. He then danced with it in his arms during a party packed with residents of San Pedro Huamelula in southern Mexico.

The fishermen believe the crocodile is a princess and that the wedding ritual will bring plenty of fish, shrimp and other seafood for them to catch along the Pacific Coast.

Before the ceremony, the wedding party walked with the crocodile bride through the town.

Following the marriage ceremony, the crocodile is referred to as the "wife" of the mayor.

All members of the municipal council are required to contribute to pay for the wedding festivities.

Those who don't pay their share are fined.

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