- Title: MEXICO: ANNUAL BURRO DONKEY FESTIVAL
- Date: 1st May 2005
- Summary: (L!1) OTUMBA, MEXICO (MAY 1, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) VARIOUS OF MAN DRESSED AS A DONKEY, ANNOUNCING THE START OF THE DONKEY RACE SLV START OF DONKEY RACE VARIOUS OF RACE SLV RACERS CROSSING FINISH LINE VARIOUS OF RACERS WITH THEIR DONKEYS SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JUAN VEGA, PARTICIPANT OF EVENT, SAYING: "I think it is a good thing because these little mules suffer a lot and never complain, they never scream, so they should have their day too." VARIOUS OF DONKEYS DRESSED IN VARIOUS TYPES OF COSTUMES VARIOUS OF DONKEY DRESSED UP TO LOOK LIKE A SCORPION VARIOUS OF COSTUMED DONKEY VARIOUS ,DONKEY DRESSED UP TO LOOK LIKE A CAR VARIOUS OF DONKEY WITH COSTUME OF POPEMOBILE WITH PICTURE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANTONIO RAMIREZ, ANOTHER PARTICIPANT, SAYING: "More than anything else, this is to help us, the workers, and the poor and our communities so the interest (in the community) grows and let there always be peace." PAN OF BOY HOLDING DOVES
- Embargoed: 16th May 2005 13:00
- Location: OTUMBA, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Environment,Quirky,Lifestyle
- Reuters ID: LVAEG8DG1I69L4VMPPVLAM4OR1E5
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- Story Text: Mexican's celebrate at the annual Burro Festival.
The people of the small Mexican town of Otumba paid homage to the burro at their annual Burro Festival Sunday (May 1).
Long associated with stubbornness and under-appreciated for the work it performs, the burro has never really received its due - until 44 years ago, when the first Otumba Burro Festival was celebrated.
"I think it is a good thing because these little mules suffer a lot and never complain, they never scream, so they should have their day too," Juan Vega, a participant in the event, said.
The burro race, in which avid jockeys careen through the streets of Otumba, is one of the days highlights delighting onlookers and participants.
The burros also participate in the festivals costume parade. This years contestants included a scorpion burro, the "burro train", as well as one made to look like the popemobile a car.
The animal is a popular and idiosyncratic figure in everyday Mexican life.
Otumba, located 60 kilometers northeast of Mexico City, has a population of approximately 10,000 who work primarily in agriculture and business.
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