Two men will marry New Year's Day
aboard a Rose Parade float.
The wedding of Danny Leclair, 45, and
Aubrey Loots, 42, will mark the parade's first same-sex marriage in
its 125 year history.
The wedding will take place aboard a
float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
The men, together over a decade, own
Studio DNA Salons, a 3-store hair salon chain located in Los Angeles.
“Having my relationship recognized
legally is already a dream come true,” Leclair said in a statement.
“To be able to declare my love to the world at large in hopes of
inspiring others to live proudly and authentically is an enormous
“It's awe inspiring to be committing
your life to another person and to have millions of people bear
witness. I didn't imagine this happening in my lifetime,” Loots
According to the Pasadena
Star News, Leclair and Loots will exchange vows atop a
wedding cake-shaped float “decorated in white coconut chips and
maroon-colored kidney beans with white roses and dendrobium orchids”
and bearing the group's theme of “Love is the Best Protection.”
The couple will be joined on the float
by Sharon Raphael and Mina Meyer, a lesbian couple together 42 years.
Raphael and Meyer married in California in 2008.