MORE than 10,000 people attended a young girl’s 15th birthday party in Mexico, known as a quinceañera, after her father posted a short video on Facebook inviting his village to join in the celebrations.
Crescencio Garcia soon realised his mistake and took the video down but it was too late. The invitation had gone viral with an estimated 1.3 million people agreeing to go to the party for his daughter, Rubi.
Having seen the incredible amount of feedback, the father then appeared on Azteca TV extending the invite to everyone who wanted to attend the party in a rural part of the northern state San Luis Potosi.
Even airlines got involved, with Interjet offering up to 30 per cent off their flights to San Luis Potosi in the run-up to the party.
The village of La Joya, boasting a modest population of 200, was soon overrun by the 10,000-strong horde which even included a few Latino celebrities such as Larry Hernandez and Marco Flores, and there were several events organised to entertain the guests.
A 66-year-old man later died at the celebrations when he was hit by a horse which was participating in one of the many races laid on in honour of the teenage girl’s birthday.