Rio de Janeiro - Nearly 2 000 Brazilian couples have said "I do" in the largest collective wedding Rio de Janeiro has seen.
The state of Rio de Janeiro hosted the ceremony for low-income couples who can't afford to get married. With relatives joining in, Sunday's celebration at the indoor Maracanazinho sports venue gathered about 12 000 people.
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Rio de Janeiro has promoted the mass wedding for eight years in a tradition called "The Day of I Do", which is for people with a monthly family income of less than $1 000. At the end they get a free marriage certificate.
A priest representing the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro was present as well as evangelical Christian pastors.