Thousands attend Mexican girl's party after viral invitation

December 27, 2016
Source: BBC
Thousands attend Mexican girl's party after viral invitation

Thousands of people have attended a girl's birthday party in Mexico, after her parent's video invitation to "everyone" went viral on social media.

Family members had to move away an army of waiting reporters so Rubi Ibarra Garcia could attend a Mass in La Joya community, central Mexico.

She was celebrating her 15th birthday - a traditional coming-of-age party in Mexico known as "quinceanera".

About 1.2 million people had earlier vowed to attend the party.

However, the father later said the idea had been to invite neighbours and friends only - while stressing he would not turn anyone away.

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On Monday, dozens of tents and tables filled with food were prepared for those who made the journey.