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More than 500 couples tied the knot at Lincoln Center’s ‘Celebrate Love’ event

The symbolic — and not legally binding — ceremony was hosted by “Orange is the New Black” actress Lea DeLaria on July 10 in New York City.

“During so much upheaval, we really wanted to provide a summer season grounded in what New York City needs now. The (Re)Marriage was a centerpiece of our Summer for the City season, creating a space for couples reaffirm their love for one another,” Shanta Thake, artistic director of Lincoln Center, said in a statement emailed to CNN.

“Together we walked through an incredible multicultural outdoor ceremony that celebrated the richness of many traditions with incredible musical performances and ended with a ribbon unity ritual – grandparents renewing their vows with their little ones. -children present to couples who were only recently married but not able to celebrate and be in community, until now.”

For Clarisa Alayeto and her partner, the event was a unique opportunity to get married among hundreds of other couples.

Alayeto and his wife, Mariely Del Zelle, who both work in the education sector, got engaged during the New York City Marathon in November 2019.

But a few months later, the COVID-19 pandemic began. “We waited and waited,” she told CNN. When Del Zelle heard about the Re(Wedding) event, they saw it as “the perfect opportunity” and applied for a license to get married at City Hall before attending the Lincoln ceremony. Center.

“It was really good because you felt like you had the ceremony in the community,” Alayeto said. “But you also felt like the ceremony was just you and your partner. That’s how we felt.”

Alayeto described the event as “diverse, tolerant and inclusive”, noting the diversity of religious leaders who presided over the ceremony.

“It was like we had a wedding in New York and we didn’t have to pay anything, which was pretty amazing,” Alayeto said.

Linette Palladino, comedian and major in the US Army, also saw the ceremony as a reflection of New York’s diversity.

“It was definitely a good representation of New York,” Palladino told CNN. “I loved the diversity. It was really sweet.”

Palladino and her husband, David C. Lee, tied the knot on New Year’s Eve 2021, so they used the “Re(Wedding)” ceremony to renew their vows and include their daughter, Mary, 4.

“We especially loved when they had the ribbon running across the aisle, you felt really interconnected with the people around you,” she said. Attendees were able to participate in henna tattoos, ice creams and official photos throughout the evening, she added. And the ceremony was followed by performances from the Bollywood Biggish Band and DJ Belinda Becker under a 10ft disco ball.

“Hopefully they do it every two years,” Palladino said. “It was such a unique experience.”


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