No, you’re not seeing double. Those are twin brothers marching in last year’s Twins Parade in Montreal. Founded in 1998 by a set of twin sisters from Quebec, the event was designed to provide an opportunity for siblings to celebrate their multiplicity. This year’s festivities, to be held on July 12th, will also include a look-alike contest and a costume contest for the siblings whose get-ups best fit this year’s theme, “Traveling through the stages of life.” Organizers expect 2,000 multiples to march in the parade, which takes place during the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. If you were unlucky enough to be born as a "single," you can join the 250,000 expected spectators, but don’t try to grab a look-alike and join in the fun: the event brochure says organizers reserved the right to require “proof of twinning” from all participants (apparently birth certificates suffice).
If you can’t make it to Montreal, or just want more twins in your life, check out the Twins Day festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, August 1-3, or head to the Twins Network website for a listing of twins events around the world.
Photo: courtesy of the Montreal Just for Laughs festival