About 100,000 Mexican couples were married Friday (1 December) in mass civil weddings held in cinemas, sports stadiums and municipal plazas all over the country.
GV Mexico City street scenes (2 shots)
LV Crowd sitting beneath poster announcing marriage ceremony
GV PAN..People gathered at ceremony
SV & CU Wedding couples, some pregnant women, others carry children (3 shots)
SV Crowd waving and cheering as Senoras Echeverria and Allande walk in (2 shots)
GV PAN..Officials on platform facing crowd
SCU Three couples standing before judge being married (3 shots)
GV Other couples watching
SV Senora Allende gives marriage certificate to man and hug to newly-married woman
SV Senora Echeverria gives certificate to man and hugs couple
GV PAN..Crowd applaud
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Background: About 100,000 Mexican couples were married Friday (1 December) in mass civil weddings held in cinemas, sports stadiums and municipal plazas all over the country.
Brass bands played and gaily-dressed dancers performed at the weddings where many of the brides carried children in their arms and some were even grandmothers.
Senora Maria Ester Zuno Echeverria, wife of the Mexican President was joined by the wife of visiting Chilean President Salvador Allende in officiating at the largest of the mass wedding ceremonies in Mexico City.
Senora Echeverria was the sponsor of the campaign called "The Mexican Family" aimed at legalising the union of thousands of Mexican couples and consequently the status of millions of illegitimate children.
The reported reasons for the large number of couples not having bothered to get married before were described as poverty, illiteracy and laziness. Documentation fees were waived for Friday's mass wedding ceremonies.