Miss Donkey-crowning part of Donkey Day in Mexico

OTUMBA, Mexico (NBC/RTV) — In Mexico even when donkeys are kings for a day, they have to work hard.

In a twist on traditional May Day celebrations, in one Mexican town, there’s a festival that honors the hard work of the donkey.

Spectators fawned over dozens of donkeys dressed from head to hoof in a variety of costumes, from dairy farmers to members of Mexico’s national soccer team.

The festival is well-known and popular in Mexico.

In addition to the donkey costumes, there are other events — including a donkey-calling contest and the crowning of Miss Donkey.

The festival began around 60 years ago when townspeople, who relied heavily on donkeys, decided they deserved their own day of honor.

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