Two men are set to marry atop the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Rose Parade float, which will be in the shape of a huge wedding cake, in Los Angeles on New Year’s Day 2014.
The couple, Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, will celebrate the victories in the equality movement by tying the knot in front of nearly 500,000 watchers on Colorado Boulevard, January 1 (in addition to the millions who will be watching the television broadcast).
“One of the things we’re really excited about is we’re standing on the shoulders of thousands of men and women who came before us in this fight for marriage equality,” said Leclair, according to the Pasadena Star-News. He added, “We’re excited to be part of that story, to be able to do this because of them. We’re looking forward to honor that.”
The float will be the third that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has sponsored.
The 2014 Rose Parade will represent the first year when same-sex marriage was legalized in California, and the couple’s marriage will mark the right to equality.
Loots, who was born in South Africa, and Leclair, originally from Canada, are owners of the Los Angeles area hair salon chain Studio DNA Salons.
The pair met twelve years ago at a nightclub in Los Angeles and had a commitment ceremony two years after they met, “Well before it was a even a possibility we could get married,” Leclair explained.
The couple had no intention of getting married, but the idea of doing so atop the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float enticed them to apply.
“Love comes in many forms and should be honored and should be celebrated,” said Leclair.