1.2 Million People Attend Mexican Girl's 15th Birthday Party After Her Invitation Goes Viral! - Boomindya

1.2 Million People Attend Mexican Girl’s 15th Birthday Party After Her Invitation Goes Viral!

Looking overwhelmed by the attention, yet resplendent in an elaborate fuchsia dress and gleaming tiara, Rubi Ibarra celebrated her quinceañera on Monday at a ranch in central Mexico after the invitation to the event by her father went viral and made her the toast of the country.

The event was the latest example of social media blowing what was intended to be a modest gathering out of proportion.

Family members had to open a path for the girl through dozens of reporters and photographers snapping her picture so she could reach the Mass being held her in a field in the state of San Luis Potosi.

Rubi Ibarra, in an elaborate fuchsia dress and gleaming tiara, sits for a Mass part of her down-home 15th birthday celebration in a field at her hometown of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday Dec. 26, 2016. Thousands of people responded to an invitation to a coming of age party for the girl in rural northern Mexico after her parent's video innocently asking "everybody" to attend ended up going viral.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Rubi Ibarra, in an elaborate fuchsia dress and gleaming tiara, sits for a Mass part of her down-home 15th birthday celebration in a field at her hometown of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday Dec. 26, 2016. Thousands of people responded to an invitation to a coming of age party for the girl in rural northern Mexico after her parent’s video innocently asking “everybody” to attend ended up going viral.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

A large billboard saying “Welcome to my 15th birthday party” with Rubi’s picture towered over the tents and tables filled with food.

Thousands of people came from across Mexico for the celebration, a traditional coming-of-age party similar to American “sweet sixteen” parties, in which Mexican families often throw big, costly bashes so their daughter can be princess for a day.

“I came to see if they would give me a dress for my granddaughter for her 15th birthday in May,” said Victoriano Obregon, who had come all the way from the northern state of Coahuila.

A prayer book sits on decorative pillow before the start of of Rubi Ibarra's Mass, as part of her down-home 15th birthday party in La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Millions of people responded to an invitation by her father to a coming of age party for the girl in rural northern Mexico after her parent's video innocently asking "everybody" to attend ended up going viral. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

A prayer book sits on decorative pillow before the start of of Rubi Ibarra’s Mass, as part of her down-home 15th birthday party in La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Millions of people responded to an invitation by her father to a coming of age party for the girl in rural northern Mexico after her parent’s video innocently asking “everybody” to attend ended up going viral. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

Rubi’s party gained national and international notoriety in early December after a local photographer posted on Facebook a video of the girl’s father describing his plans for a birthday party complete with food, horse races and bands.

In the video, cowboy hat-wearing Crescencio Ibarra announces that “everyone is cordially invited.”

Rubi’s mother later explained that he had only been referring to everyone in the neighbouring communities, not the world.

However, by then the video had been picked up dozens of times on Youtube and had been seen by millions, sparking tributes by musical stars, jokes and offers of sponsorships by companies.

Mexican airline Interjet published a promotion offering 30 per cent discounts on flights to San Luis Potosi, under the slogan “Are you going to Rubi’s party?”

Rubi Ibarra, not seen, arrives at the site of a Mass that is part of her down-home 15th birthday party, surrounded by a horde of journalists and a drone flying overhead, in the village of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Millions of people responded to the invitation for Rubi's Dec. 26th coming of age party in rural northern Mexico, after her parent's video asking "everybody" to attend went viral. An estimated 300 were on hand for the Mass. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

Rubi Ibarra, not seen, arrives at the site of a Mass that is part of her down-home 15th birthday party, surrounded by a horde of journalists and a drone flying overhead, in the village of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Millions of people responded to the invitation for Rubi’s Dec. 26th coming of age party in rural northern Mexico, after her parent’s video asking “everybody” to attend went viral. An estimated 300 were on hand for the Mass. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

Internet pranksters published photographs of troops of turkeys, diggers stirring giant caldrons of soup and massive crowds “heading for Rubi’s party.”

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal made a parody video of the invitation, while singer Luis Antonio Lopez (“El Mimoso”) composed a “corrido” song especially for the teenager.

The humble daughter of ranchers even got an offer to appear on the television soap opera The Rose of Guadalupe.

Several hundred guests had arrived by Monday morning for the Mass but the numbers swelled as the day progressed. By evening, there were thousands of people and the event resembled a rock concert.

Cars blocked access roads and state police and Red Cross workers had to monitor the situation.

Internet pranksters published photographs of troops of turkeys, diggers stirring giant caldrons of soup and massive crowds “heading for Rubi’s party.”

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal made a parody video of the invitation, while singer Luis Antonio Lopez (“El Mimoso”) composed a “corrido” song especially for the teenager.

The humble daughter of ranchers even got an offer to appear on the television soap opera The Rose of Guadalupe.

Several hundred guests had arrived by Monday morning for the Mass but the numbers swelled as the day progressed. By evening, there were thousands of people and the event resembled a rock concert.

Cars blocked access roads and state police and Red Cross workers had to monitor the situation.

Internet pranksters published photographs of troops of turkeys, diggers stirring giant caldrons of soup and massive crowds “heading for Rubi’s party.”

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal made a parody video of the invitation, while singer Luis Antonio Lopez (“El Mimoso”) composed a “corrido” song especially for the teenager.

The humble daughter of ranchers even got an offer to appear on the television soap opera The Rose of Guadalupe.

Several hundred guests had arrived by Monday morning for the Mass but the numbers swelled as the day progressed. By evening, there were thousands of people and the event resembled a rock concert.

Cars blocked access roads and state police and Red Cross workers had to monitor the situation.

“What happened with Rubi is an interesting example of how the internet amplifies and makes hyper-transparent people’s personal lives and how traditional media look for stories on social networks to bring in new audiences” who they have been losing, said Sergio Octavio Contreras, a communications professor at Mexico’s La Salle-Bajio University.

The event was reminiscent of a party thrown in 2008 by Corey Worthington, whose social media invite drew hundreds to his home in Melbourne.

Two years later, a 14-year-old girl in Hertfordshire had to cancel her party after accidentally making the details public on Facebook, leading to thousands of RSVPs from strangers.

Source : www.telegraph.co.uk | H/T : Indiatimes

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