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
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)

(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.

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Jan 3, 2012 3:33 PM CST
do these fools even have any more straws to grasp at? what is next on the playbill from this comedy troupe?
Jan 3, 2012 1:04 PM CST
These OWS protestors have as much right to there say as anybody. I can not figure why these bias bigoted ignorant fucks are so scared of these young adults. Unless these bias bigoted ignorant fucks are scared of the truth.
Jan 3, 2012 6:59 AM CST
Occupy the Rose Parade? Occupy never occupied anything. They camped out at L.A. City Hall and then claimed to occupy Los Angeles. Come on. They did not occupy the Rose Parade either. To occupy something means to take it over. They never took over the Rose Parade, Los Angeles or anything. Occupy is a joke and they are not changing anything. They are just causing trouble and no one wants them around. The parade was wonderful as usual. The only ones who occupied it were the welcomed participants. That does not include Occupy. George Vreeland Hill