Occupy the Rose Parade plans to descend upon the annual showcase of flowered floats and bands with a undetermined number of protesters. Pasadena police officials have said there could be between 200 and 1,000 protesters. However, Occupy hasn't released any firm numbers to this newspaper. The New York Times reported as many as 40,000 protesters could show for the Rose Parade.
From the Occupy The Rose Parade web site:
OTRP's actions will be completely Peaceful, Nonviolent and Respectful of Pasadena's Iconic tradition. Occupy will have 50 self-policing "peacekeepers" in bright lime green "99%" vests. OTRP's "We The People" March starts Monday at 7 am... CLICK HERE FOR FINAL OTRP SCHEDULE
Jim Nash reports Occupy L.A. plans to protest the Rose Parade.
Protesters will walk the parade route after the floats and marching bands have passed. The group has been working with police and Tournament of Roses officials on how not to disrupt the parade.
An army of volunteers from across the nation has once again descended upon Pasadena's Rose Palace, where several floats are being covered with flowers.
Half a mile away in Singer Park, dozens of Occupy activists worked Thursday to prepare for a protest.
The activists, part of a movement whose encampments across the country grabbed headlines for months, are trying to take their message into 2012 with a high-profile foray into the Rose Parade.
While volunteers at the Rose Palace were armed with scissors, thousands of gallons of glue and millions of flower petals, Occupy activists worked with plastic pipe and banners.
At the Rose Palace, a few young women perched atop an enormous elephant, gluing flowers to its head. In Singer Park, activists practiced walking with a 70-by-40-foot octopus made of recycled plastic bags.
...The octopus, said activist Mark Lipman of Los Angeles, represents Wall Street's stranglehold on political, cultural and social life, with tentacles "that reach into your pocket to get your money and a tentacle to get your house."
More than 50 people will constitute the protesters' peacekeeping team, which will seek to make sure no violence or other disruptions occur.
"This is as peaceful as is possible," said activist Julio Toruno. "We don't want to disrupt; we just want to be seen."