Fresno Grizzlies’ Mascot Becomes Ordained Minister: Legally Marries Three Couples
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.
— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) May 27, 2016
— Scott Bemis (@SBemisOnline) May 27, 2016
It just costs $20, and you too can be hitched by a rookie minister wearing a large carpet. But what if you're Catholic, or Jewish? Don't ask so many questions -- now get lost, kid.
— NBCSN (@NBCSN) May 25, 2016
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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