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It’s Not a Latino Wedding if these 16 Things Don’t Happen

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You know that phrase, “Ain’t no party like a ….”? Well, ain’t no party like a Latino wedding party, ‘cause a Latino wedding parties don’t stop. You know it’s true. Latino weddings are a celebratory genre all their own and here are a few sure tell signs you’re at a Latino wedding.

It begins with a never-ending ceremony…

Latino religious ceremonies are never quickies. You spend close to two hours in a stuffy church listening to an eternal exchange of vows. Bring tissues … and get comfy.

And a massive bridal party.

#thechiscoandangelshow wedding party!! ???? ???????????

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Because the novios have to include all their primas, primos, tías, tíos, sobrinos, sobrinas, cuñados, etc…

It’s not a rodeo, but there is a lazo.

The lazo is a large rosary that’s draped across the couple in a lemniscate figure to symbolize their infinite bond. Basically, they’re chained for life.

There are also gold coin$, aka, las arras.

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The groom gives his bride 13 gold coins – 13 to symbolize Christ and the 12 apostles. Isn’t this the best way to promise to be there for richer or poorer?

The newlyweds’ first dance is OOC.

Ever since social media came on the scene, all couples are expected to do a YouTube-worthy first dance, but let’s just agree that Latinos have been doing this desde quién sabe cuando.

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And then there’s the popular baile del dolar.

#bailedeldolar #tradition #mexicanweddings #awesome #entertaining

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It costs a couple bucks to dance with the newlyweds during el baile del dolar, so be sure to stop at an ATM if you don’t want to look like a codo.

Only to be topped by la vibora del mar.

It’s all fun and games … until someone gets knocked down.

And you can’t forget this dance:

EVERYONE rushes to the dance floor to two-step to El Caballo Dorado.

Forget Coachella, Latino weddings are better than freakin’ music festivals.

Seguimos activados en el #FinDeSemana #ClubUniom #Boda #Sabado #Work

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Because one type of music isn’t enough to satisfy all preferences, expect a mariachi, a DJ, a trío and solos from your drunk tías y tíos.

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Just like music fests, there are A LOT of people.

De fiesta #Huatabampo #union #boda #family #guapos #purochuqui

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It goes without saying there’s going to be so much family people be able to tell how everyone’s related because they’re like the kid of a primo twice removed on the padrino’s side. Whatever, it’s all familia.

And it’s a non-stop pachanga.

You can skip the gym the day of the wedding and still get your grub on because you’ll be burning tons of calories dancing because the dancing doesn’t stop till the sun comes up.

Speaking of food…

Qué dieta, ni qué nada. No one can resist the birria, mole y pastél de tres leches.

Non-Latino Guests are Instantly Obsessed.

Non-Latinos are mind-blown with the way Latinos party. Duh, other weddings are like child’s play.

Let’s not forget the nacos that take everything that isn’t nailed down.

There’s always that one freeloader who tries to get away with taking just about everything from candles to tablecloths and bottles of booze.

Also, watch out for aggressive bouquet catchers.

These single Latinas are ready for their ticket to marriage – and no one’s getting in their way.

And there’s always the comforting recalentado.

??? #Recalentado #FamilyTime #JulietTurns5 #rancholoshernandez

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The party doesn’t end at 6 a.m. In the morning everyone heads to tía’s house for the recalentado to gossip about drunk cousin Chema and how bad everyone’s hungover is.

What’s your favorite moment at a Latino wedding? mitú wants to know. Leave a comment below.

There's a Town in Brazil that Embraces the Confederate Flag

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There’s a Town in Brazil that Embraces the Confederate Flag

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Santa Bárbara d’Oeste is a little city in São Paulo, Brazil.

The city of almost 200,000 residents is rather quiet and undisturbed.

But they have a curious tradition: they celebrate American Confederate heritage.

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Residents of Santa Bárbara D’Oeste celebrate the Festa Confederada, which honors their Confederate ancestors who fled to Brazil after losing the Civil War. Why Brazil? The Brazilian government promised them cheap land to grow the country’s cotton business.

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They eat fried chicken and biscuits…

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Cowboy hat? Check. Biscuits and gravy? Check. Confederate flag? Check.

Confederate money is alive and well…

Festival goers exchange money for Confederate banknotes to buy things at Festa Confederada.

They celebrate it as a family…

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Attendees can trace their lineage to some of the Confederate families and slaves that fled to South America after the Civil War.

They square dance dressed as Confederate soldiers and Southern Belles…

Someone’s fiddle lessons paid off.

And also embrace current Southern culture…

Doesn’t get any more country than line dancing to Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” while wearing t-shirts and jeans.

They also present the flags of all 13 Confederate states.

That would be Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia…in case you were wondering.

The official flag of the Confederate States of America gets a special presentation.

But the flag only represents heritage, not hate. At least if you ask anyone who attends Festa Confederada.

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João Leopoldo Pardoveze has been celebrating Festa Confederada for 25 Years.

Here he is in 1990.

And here he is in 2015. Padoveze is the descendant of slaves and takes great pride in celebrating the Confederacy. Yes, you read that right.

Some don’t even know why their ancestors fled to Brazil

Glamour Brazil Editor Beatrice Stopa (the one in the Confederate Flag dress) “embarrassingly” told VICE: “I know they came. I don’t really know the reason. Is it because of racism? Don’t tell my grandmother!”

Festival goers say Festa Confederada is simply a celebration of heritage, nothing more.

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The festival, which brings in more than 2,500 people, doesn’t appear to have the racial undertones most Americans would assume it has –  it’s seen more as kitschy party. You may see a Johnny Cash T-shirt, hear some George Strait or see a Confederate flag. For these Brazilians, this flag is simply a reminder of how they got to Brazil.

Asher Levine of Reuters, who works in Sao Paulo, told PRI: “A lot of people who are descendants of these confederates have African blood as well. So you’ll see at the party people with dark skin waving the confederate flag.”

What do you think about this Confederate heritage celebration? mitú wants to know.  Leave a comment below.

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