2. The Tournament of Roses Parade began in 1890. This year, the famous festival of flower-covered floats will be watched by an estimated 500,000 people and millions of television viewers.
The Lions Club float at the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2013 in Pasadena, Calif.
4. This is the first Rose Parade to take place since the Supreme Court’s ruling in June brought marriage equality to California.
San Francisco’s 43rd annual Gay Pride parade on June 30, 2013.
6. The couple, who met 12 years ago at an L.A. nightclub, had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago. Leclair applied to be part of the AIDS HealthCare Foundation float at a wedding expo earlier this year.
“Love comes in many forms and should be honored and should be celebrated,” said Leclair.
7. Leclair told the Pasadena Star-News:
“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. 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.”
18. Some took to Twitter to declare their opposition to the couple’s wedding celebration.
Rose parade boycott, gay marriage on float. I don’t care how you live but don’t impose it on my family! http://t.co/tjSMikbXIy.
Warning: Rose Parade 2014 not so rosy for family viewing http://t.co/JavKHdGcp7 Ridiculous! #gay #SSM #CA #left #sodomy #marriage #tcot