Fresno Grizzlies’ Mascot Becomes Ordained Minister: Legally Marries Three Couples
May 27 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
If you're like me, it was your childhood dream to be married by a mascot bear. But as you grew to adulthood you soon learned that marriages presided over by bears -- costumed or otherwise -- are not legally recognized in any state. And who wants to go all the way to Ontario?
Not recognized, that is, until now. Parker T. Bear, the yellow-furred bear mascot of the Fresno Grizzlies, is now a for-real, ordained minister. It sounds like a cheap marketing trick, so I contacted Grizzlies' marketing manager Andy Inman to ask if this was on the level. His reply?
2:06 PM (21 minutes ago)
Yes, Parker T. Bear is an actual officially ordained minister.
We are currently trying to obtain Parker's seminary class graduation photo.
In the meantime we're reporting that Parker is getting right down to business -- he married three couples at Fresno's home park on Friday.
The Grizzlies are the Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Houston Astros (formerly of the SF Giants). It was a typical day in Fresno on Friday -- Donald Trump had a rally, outside of which protesters gathered and got into physical confrontations with supporters, and three couples were married by a mascot bear. Never change, Central California.
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