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Mexico City stages mass 'quinceanera' ball for disadvantaged girls

Mexico City stages mass 'quinceanera' ball for disadvantaged girls

Mexico City's government was making the final preparation Saturday for a mass coming-out ball for 189 disadvantaged teenagers that otherwise might never get to experience the elaborate "quinceanera" party that young girls here dreams of.
As the start of the ball approached, the participants _ juvenile offenders, orphans, runaways, and girls from poor families _ primped and preened in donated ball gowns and practiced their steps for formal dances. The ball traditionally is held for a girl around her 15th birthday.
The keynote speaker at the event was to be a 15-year-old who had a baby at age 13.
The city hoped to establish a record for simultaneous quinceaneras and planned to showcase sexual and reproductive information at the event.
"They are excited, with their dreams and their dresses," said Deyanira Moran, an organizer of the event who works as an outreach officer for the city's Youth Institute.
Carriages were to carry the girls down Mexico City's elegant Reforma boulevard to the main square. Refreshments, transportation, dresses and the sound system were all donated by the city or private companies.
The traditional rite of passage for girls in Mexican society often rival weddings in the expense and fanfare involved. The parties have become increasingly popular in the U.S. as the country's Hispanic population grows.
Since taking office in December, Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard _ whose leftist Democratic Revolution Party promoted an abortion bill that went into effect Thursday _ has become known for offering free cultural events, including free "urban beaches" at local parks made with pools and trucked-in sand.
City authorities said they have contacted officials of the Guinness Book of World Records, but it was unclear whether any Guinness representative would be on hand to certify the event as the largest of its kind.


Updated : 2021-04-24 02:32 GMT+08:00