San Luis Potosi (Mexico) : A huge crowd turned out to celebrate the 15th birthday of Rubi Ibarra, a small-town Mexican girl — though fewer than the 1.3 million people who said they were coming after the invitation went viral online.
Girls’ 15th birthday parties are often a huge affair in Latin America, when families pull out all the stops to welcome them to womanhood.
But Rubi’s “quinceanera” party took the phenomenon to a whole new level, after the invite became an offbeat internet sensation. “We found out through social media and we said ‘Let’s go.
Everyone is invited? Let’s go,” said Tania Rodriguez, who traveled five hours by car to attend the party held in a large field in Villa de Guadalupe, in San Luis Potosi state.
“With all the coverage on her, Rubi felt like part of the family,” added her husband, Gonzalo Torres, before heading off in search of “more beer.”
About 10,000 partygoers of all ages came to see Rubi, who danced the night away in a flouncy, floral princess gown with a dramatic red skirt.
The teen was the center of attention on a large rock concert-style stage set up in the field.
The evening featured fireworks, a huge banquet and a concert broadcast on a giant screen. Rubi danced with friends, as well as the men of her family, receiving a rose from each, in keeping with tradition.
“We are patient, we are patient. And we are going to camp here until we see her close up,” guest Rosalina Conpian said.
“Hi, how’s it going? We would like to invite you this December 26 to our daughter Rubi Ibarra Garcia’s 15th birthday party in La Joya,” her dad, Crescencio, said in the video invitation.