Mexican girl’s 15th-birthday party seen around the world

LA JOYA, Mexico (AP) — Looking overwhelmed by the attention, yet resplendent in an elaborate fuchsia dress and gleaming tiara, Rubi Ibarra is celebrating her 15th birthday party on a ranch in central Mexico after the invitation to the event by her father went viral and made her the toast of the country.

Family members had to open a path for the girl through the dozens of reporters and photographers snapping her picture so she could reach the Mass for her in a field in San Luis Potosi state. A billboard saying “Welcome to my 15th birthday party” towered over the tents and tables filled with food.

Some people came from far away for the “quinceanera” celebration, a traditional coming-of-age party in which Mexican families often throw big bashes for their daughters.