Father’s Viral Invite for Daughter’s Birthday Attracts Thousands to Mexican Village

Millions of people responded to an invitation for Rubi Ibarra's Dec. 26th coming of age party in rural northern Mexico after her parent's video asking "everybody" to attend went viral.

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Rubi Ibarra, somewhere in the crowd, arrives at the site of a Mass that is part of her 15th birthday party, surrounded by journalists and a drone flying overhead, in the village of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. An estimated 300 people attended the Mass.
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Rubi Ibarra looks at her mother Anaelda as journalists struggle to get images during a Mass as part of Rubi's 15th birthday party in the village of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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Visitors pose for souvenir pictures at the site of a Mass that is part of Rubi Ibarra's 15th birthday party in the of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.
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A couple, who traveled from Mexico City with a group of bikers, pose for a photo backdropped by a banner welcoming visitors to Rubi Ibarra's 15th birthday party in the village of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.
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Rubi Ibarra sits next to her mother Anaelda and her father Crescencio during a Mass as part of Rubi's down-home 15th birthday party in the village of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.
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Rubi Ibarra, not seen, arrives at the site of a Mass that is part of her down-home 15th birthday party, surrounded by a horde of journalists and a drone flying overhead, in the village of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.
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Rubi Ibarra arrives at the site of a Mass that is part of her 15th birthday party, surrounded by a horde of journalists, in the village of La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.
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Visitors look at the esplanade where the 15th birthday party for Rubi Ibarra was to take place in the village of Laguna Seca, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico.
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A prayer book sits on decorative pillow before the start of of Rubi Ibarra's Mass, as part of her down-home 15th birthday party in La Joya, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Millions of people responded to an invitation by her father to a coming of age party for the girl in rural northern Mexico after her parent's video innocently asking "everybody" to attend ended up going viral. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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Visitors have their picture taken behind a frame honoring Rubi Ibarra during celebrations for her down-home 15th birthday near the village of Laguna Seca, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday Dec. 26, 2016. Rubi's 15th birthday party resembled a rock concert on Monday after thousands of people showed up in response to an invitation by her father that went viral and made her the toast of the country. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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A family attends a party honoring Rubi Ibarra during celebrations for her down-home 15th birthday near the village of Laguna Seca, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday Dec. 26, 2016. Rubi's 15th birthday party resembled a rock concert on Monday after thousands of people showed up in response to an invitation by her father that went viral and made her the toast of the country. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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Heavy traffic blocks a road as visitors try to get to a party honoring Rubi Ibarrafor her down-home 15th birthday near the village of Laguna Seca, San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, Monday Dec. 26, 2016. Rubi's 15th birthday party resembled a rock concert on Monday after thousands of people showed up in response to an invitation by her father that went viral and made her the toast of the country. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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