Published: Wed, December 28, 2016
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

Thousands of self-invited guests overwhelm social media user's birthday bash in Mexico


Remember Rubi Ibarra, the teen in Mexico whose family posted a video invitation to her quinceañera on YouTube? The big birthday party for Rubi Ibarra was held in the city of Lagunas Secas on Monday.

NPR reports that over a million people replied to the Mexican birthday party invitation but only a few thousand were actually in attendance on Monday in the small northern Mexican village of La Joya.

The party had initially been intended only for friends, family, and neighbors in Villa de Guadalupe, but once the video invitation went viral online, Rubi had become a meme, reportedly sparking jokes, tributes from musicians and offers of sponsorships from companies.

It was her 15 birthday, which is a special birthday in Mexican culture known as "quinceanera".

The man was named locally as horse trainer Felix Pena, who onlookers claimed veered into the course during excitement over the £390-prize contest. The party included live music, a sit-down dinner for some of the guests and a horse race where one person was injured.

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He closes the invitation with the now famous last words: "Everyone is cordially invited".

In a video that drew over two million views, the proud father Crescencio Ibarra stands next to his daughter Rubi, donning a tiarra and a gown, and his wife Anaelda Garcia.

"We wanted to invite the people from the area, that's all", he said, before denying he had since uninvited all but personal acquaintances.

Some social media users wonder why anyone would even go to a birthday party of someone they don't know, while other social media users are wondering why Crescencio didn't use the 23 days between the time of the Facebook invite and the day of the Mexican birthday party to change the event from public to private.

Tania Rodriguez, who traveled five hours by auto to attend the party held in a large field in Villa de Guadalupe, in San Luis Potosi state, said: "We found out through social media and we said 'Let's go".

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