AIDS Healthcare Foundation won the Isabella Coleman award in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1 for its entry, a float that featured a giant wedding cake and a gay couple marrying.
The float, the target of a right-wing protest in the days leading up to the annual New Year’s event, won for the “best presentation of color and color harmony through floral use.”
The float was designed by Fiesta Parade Floats and the them was “Love Is the Best Protection.”
The marrying couple, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair, met across a crowded dance floor 12 years ago. They exchanged vows perched on the wedding-cake-shaped platform in front of the viewing stand and with a television audience of millions.
After some right-wing groups launched a petition and boycott against the float, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses issued a statement defending the wedding. The statement said truly represented the parade’s theme of “Dreams Come True.”
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