Thousands Occupy the Rose Parade

Protest peaceful, but at times contentious
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2012 2:43 PM CST
Thousands Occupy the Rose Parade
An Occupy protester marches during the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. Several thousand Occupy protesters marched at the end of the Rose Parade.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

It wasn't all rosy at today's Rose Parade, as Occupiers marched at the end of the festivities, eliciting both applause and cries of "Get a job" and "You guys had your 15 minutes." "You people are no more than communist revolutionaries who destroy our country," yelled one bystander. The protesters bore a float they dubbed the "Occupy Octopus," carried by a few dozen of them, notes the LA Times, while others carried a 250-foot preamble to the Constitution. "It's really a powerful thing to be connected to other people ... and to walk in this really popular parade," says one Occupier. The AP puts the number of protesters at about 5,000. (More Rose Parade stories.)

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