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

(Newser) – 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.

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.
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)
Occupy protesters march along Colorado Boulevard during the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
Occupy protesters march along Colorado Boulevard during the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Occupy LA protesters display banners and slogans ahead of the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012, in Pasadena, California.
Occupy LA protesters display banners and slogans ahead of the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012, in Pasadena, California.   (Getty Images)
Occupy LA protesters display banners and slogans ahead of the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012, in Pasadena, California.
Occupy LA protesters display banners and slogans ahead of the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012, in Pasadena, California.   (Getty Images)
Occupy LA protesters display banners and slogans ahead of the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012, in Pasadena, California.
Occupy LA protesters display banners and slogans ahead of the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012, in Pasadena, California.   (Getty Images)
Police cars lead members of the Occupy movement as they march along Colorado Boulevard during the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
Police cars lead members of the Occupy movement as they march along Colorado Boulevard during the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Occupy LA protesters display banners and slogans ahead of the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012, in Pasadena, California.
Occupy LA protesters display banners and slogans ahead of the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012, in Pasadena, California.   (Getty Images)
The University of Wisconsin float and spirit squad is seen in the 123rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
The University of Wisconsin float and spirit squad is seen in the 123rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
RJ Martinez, grand marshal of the 123rd Rose Parade, waves on the parade route on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.
RJ Martinez, grand marshal of the 123rd Rose Parade, waves on the parade route on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.   (Getty Images)
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