A ceremony full of colors, joy and emotion to heal the wounds of Covid-19.

Some 500 couples celebrated a symbolic wedding this Sunday under the blue sky of New York (United States).

Crowns of flowers on their heads, wedding dresses or eccentric outfits, the couples, many of whom were already married, walked in procession, before their union was pronounced on a large stage by an imam, a rabbi and a pastor.

Some could hardly hold back their tears.

"We were to get engaged on March 24, 2020 in Hawaii, but obviously the pandemic canceled everything," says Erica Hackman, white wedding dress, on the arm of her husband Richard, in the festive atmosphere of Damrosch Park, at the foot of the Manhattan buildings.

The couple, who were expecting a child, married the following summer “on the roof of a building, with the close family, less than 20 people, all masked”, remembers Erica, 35 years old.

“It was really a small wedding.

So today, it's really important to come and celebrate with other people who have been through the same thing,” adds Richard, 37.

Catch-up for couples separated by Covid-19

The ceremony, organized by the Lincoln Center, a New York cultural institution, was presented as a catch-up session for couples separated by Covid-19 or whose marriage had been ruined.

But everyone was welcome.

New York had been hit hard by the pandemic in the spring of 2020 and had come to a standstill, the images of deserted Times Square and improvised morgues going around the world.

“There is so much hate these days.

Having a day when we just celebrate love is important, ”explains Wonderful Lloyd-Kline, 56, who came with Anisa, whom she married in 2008, to Toronto in Canada.

"We are a same-sex couple, it's really important for us to go out, to show ourselves in public", she assures, referring to the American Supreme Court, which some fear will call into question causes the right to marriage for all after the right to abortion.

Some are very young, others, like Esther Friesner Stutzman and her husband Walter Stutzman, have been married since 1974. “He promised me a trip to Paris,” she smiles.

Amidst the strolling couples, Anne-Marie Colon, 59, came with a beautiful photo of her fiancé, Louis Steven, “the love of her life”, a professor from the Bronx who died of Covid in April 2020. “We were to get married in Aruba (…) I thought that coming today could be a beautiful celebration of the life we ​​had together for 11 years,” she explains, smiling.


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