Occupy's Rose Parade Float: Giant Octopus

It symbolizes the greedy clutches of Wall Street
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2011 3:52 PM CST
Occupy activists test a giant octopus made with plastic bags in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Occupy Los Angeles activists are staging a protest at Monday's Rose Parade in Pasadena with their very own float: a 70-by-40-foot octopus made of recycled plastic bags. More than 1,000 Occupiers are expected to join the demonstration, reports the Los Angeles Times, and organizers promise to keep it family-friendly. The protesters have been working with police, and the gigantic octopus—which symbolizes the greedy tentacles of Wall Street—is set to march the parade route after the regular floats have passed.

"This is the real Rose Parade, and the other is the Rose Charade," says one Occupier. (Read more Occupy Los Angeles stories.)

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