PASADENA>> In a Tournament of Roses first, two Los Angeles men will celebrate their gay marriage atop a Rose Parade float as it goes down Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day.
The wedding of Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Boots, 42 will take place atop a giant wedding cake-shaped float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, according to a press release. It is the third float sponsored by the foundation.
"Having my relationship recognized legally is already a dream come true," said Leclair in a press release. "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 honor. It's awe inpsiring to be committing your life to another person and to have millions of people bear witness."
Loots and Leclair own Studio DNA Salons, a chain of three L.A. area hair salons.
The float's theme is "Love is the Best Protection." It will feature a large wedding cake, decorated in white coconut chips and maroon-colored kidney beans with white roses and dendrobium orchids.
Leclair posted the news on his Facebook page Sunday with the note:
"Umm...those two tiny men on top of the float is us! Hee Hee..."
The first-ever live wedding during the annual Rose Parade took place in 1989. It was called the "most widely witnessed wedding in American history."
Leclair and Boots will take their vows before the nearly 500,000 people who will line Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1