A staggering 1.3 million people have RSVP’d for the quinceañera of a girl in rural Mexico after a video posted to Facebook by the family inviting “all” to attend has gone viral. Rubi Ibarra Garcia, whose 15th birthday will be celebrated with a traditional Mexican coming-of-age party on December 26th, initially expressed reservations at the sudden influx of interest in the celebrations.
“At first found this whole thing very funny, but I think it got out of control,” Rubi wrote on Facebook. “The thing is, I really don’t know why you all thought that all of Mexico was invited.”
In an interview, her father, Crescencio Ibarra, said that his daughter “was sad for two days” as her party became the topic of a huge influx of memes — among them a doctored image of Donald Trump ‘making an agreement’ to allow undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to cross the border for the party and return afterwards. But Rubi appears to have come around to her newfound popularity, offering real VIP tickets for the party to the 75,000 people who now follow her posts. In some cases, she even hosted competitions — such as who could write the best poem about her — to determine who would be awarded tickets.
Rubi has since made appearances on a number of talk shows in the U.S. and Mexico, and received personal phone calls from celebrities such as famed Norteño singer Luis Antonio López, also known as El Mimoso. While admitting that the situation had “got out of control,” Ibarra has insisted that “everyone that wants to come is invited.” A state lawmaker, Roberto Segovia, is reportedly planning to deploy personnel to the family’s home village of La Joya, which is home to about 200 residents.
“This is a phenomenon the family was not expecting,” said Segovia. “We contacted them to help them manage the security and relief organizations so that the event comes out the best it can.”
Watch the video of the family’s invitation below.
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