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Small Mexican Town Honors Donkeys in Annual Festival

Locals in Otumba, Mexico, honored donkeys with their own special day on May 1, with a touch of American style.

With races, rides, costumes and a polo match, locals in the Mexican town of Otumba honored donkeys with their own special day on Sunday.

Above, donkeys dressed as Donald Trump, left, and a lion touch noses as they wait the start of the costume competition at the annual donkey festival in Otumba, Mexico state.

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A reluctant donkey is alternately pushed and pulled and enticed with carrots toward town hall in order to be dressed for the costume competition at the annual donkey festival in Otumba on May 1.

Otumba was an important donkey market during Spanish colonial times, standing at the crossroads of major roads leading to Mexico City, where the beasts pulled heavy loads and carried travelers. Today, however, farmers use tractors and pickup trucks, and the donkey population is in decline.

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A man dresses a donkey to resemble Donald Trump in preparation for the costume competition at the donkey festival on May 1.

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12-year-old Wilfrido Lemus Corona races toward victory atop his donkey "Veso" in the final race at the annual donkey festival on May 1.

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Men wearing donkey ears and costumed as part of the security detail walk in the arena at the donkey festival.

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A competitor falls from his donkey during a preliminary race at the donkey festival.

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Spectators are covered with foam that was sprayed by a team competing in the costume event, at the annual donkey fair.

The festival attracts up to 40,000 people, according to Associated Press.

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Wilfrido Lemus Corona is raised aloft after winning the donkey race final with his donkey "Veso."

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A team parades a donkey dressed as a firefighter at the donkey festival.

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Donkey themed key chains are displayed for sale during the festival on May 1.

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