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Los Angeles gay couple to marry on Rose Parade float

By April Neale Dec 30, 2013, 5:20 GMT

Los Angeles gay couple to marry on Rose Parade float

Leclair, a Canadian native (L), and Loots, (R) who hails from South Africa, met 12 years ago at a Los Angeles nightclub.

In a Tournament of Roses first, two Los Angeles men will celebrate their marriage on a Rose Parade float as it goes down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day.

The wedding of Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 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.

“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,” Leclair told the Pasadena Star. “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.”

This Rose Parade is the first year gay marriage has been legal in California following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June.



Loots and Leclair own Studio DNA Salons, a chain of L.A. area hair salons that carries Emmy award winning makeup artist Melanie Mills' Gleam line of cosmetics (www.gleambymelaniemills.com). Loots served as the hair designer for her Penguin books 2012 release, "Glitter & Glam," a visual feast of makeup and tutorial for glamour makeup and hair. Mills and Loots also collaborate together for Concept Fashion Week in Los Angeles and New York City.

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.

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 Loots will take their vows before the nearly 500,000 people who will line Colorado Boulevard on Jan.1 and millions of television viewers watching around the globe.

Leclair, a Canadian native, and Loots, who hails from South Africa, met 12 years ago at a Los Angeles nightclub.

The couple wants to start a social media campaign and asks people to declare their love for a person, group or place on their wedding day, Jan.1, and share it on social media with the hashtag #loveexperiment. They will then compile the messages on their website.



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