Mexican mayor marries alligator wearing wedding dress before giving new bride a kiss – By Chris Matthews and Charlie Duffield – A Mexican mayor has married an alligator wearing a wedding dress, sealing the odd couple’s union with a kiss. It was part of an age-old indigenous tradition, conducted by Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa, and intended to bring abundance to the village of San Pedro Huamelula in southwestern Mexico.

The seven-year-old reptile is known as the Little Princess, and is thought to be a deity representing Mother Earth; her marriage to the local leader symbolises the joining of humans with the divine.

The ceremony was colourful, with traditional music and revellers dancing, while urging the indigenous leader to kiss his new bride.