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Las Marthas

A look at the traditional, month-long d├ębutante season in Laredo, Texas, and its sister city, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which coincides with and celebrates George Washington's birthday. It's capped by the invitation-only Colonial Ball hosted by the Society of Martha Washington; young women, most of them Mexican-American, debut in elaborate colonial-styled gowns that can cost up to $30,000.