Occupy Rose Parade protesters march in Pasadena

Occupy Rose Parade

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Susie Tanner of Pasadena leads an oversized constitution at in the Occupy Rose Parade protest.

Occupy Rose Parade

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A large contingent of LA County Sherriff's deputies in riot gear kept watch over the Occupy Rose Parade march as it rounded the corner from Orange Grove onto Colorado Boulevard.

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A girl carries one arm of the Occupy octupus as the protest makes its way through the crowd on Orange Grove Monday morning.

Occupy Rose Parade

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Leslie Miller of San Diego prepares to protest and march along the route of the Rose Parade on Monday morning.

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An Occupy Rose Parade protester warned of the dangers of the Federal Reserve through a bullhorn as he marched down Colorado Boulevard.

Occupy Rose Parade

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An Occupy Rose Parade dressed as Mitt Romney walked down Colorado boulevard on Monday morning.

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Occupy Rose Parade protesters mingle in the center of the Rose Parade route.

Occupy Rose Parade

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An occupy protester plays the trombone as thousands of spectators made their way out of the stands at the Rose Parade's conclusion on Monday morning.

Occupy Rose Parade

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Spectators photographed the Occupy Rose Parade protest from the balconies of a Wells Fargo building on Colorado Boulevard.

Occupy Rose Parade

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An Occupy protester dressed as a billionaire rounds the corner in front of the media scaffolding on the Rose Parade route.

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Occupy Rose Parade activist prepared an oversized constitution to care along the Rose Parade route. The prop is filled with scores of signatures from Occupy protesters.

Occupy Rose Parade

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Andrew Douglas of Los Angeles fills his role as the head of the Occupy octopus during a practice for the Rose Parade protest.

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The Occupy octopus is made of repurposed plastic shopping bags.


The 2012 Tournament of Roses made its spectacular way down Colorado Boulevard on Monday, but the floral-decked floats and gleaming marching bands were shadowed — literally — by anger at the nation's political and financial woes.

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the sidewalks at the 123rd annual event while in a nearby park, several hundreds anti-Wall Street protesters put the finishing touches on an unofficial float — a 70-foot-wide octopus representing the demonstrators' view that greedy banks and corporations have a stranglehold on the government.

Occupy the Rose Parade protesters planned to carry the makeshift float down the boulevard at the end of the two-hour internationally broadcast parade, where groups who want to make political statements regularly tag along.

"It's an opportunity to get in front of a large group of people who, in most cases, should be sympathetic to our cause," said William Garrels, of Sacramento.

"Why is it that the banks need a bailout and people aren't (getting one)?" said Jill Emery, of Sierra Madre, as she held a sign that read: "Nightmare on Wall Street — Rethink the American Dream."

Hundreds of extra police officers from numerous law enforcement agencies were in place but no problems were reported.

There were 10 arrests overnight, including four felonies, as thousands of spectators staked out viewing places along the route but that figure was down from the previous year, police said.

Spectators seem to be taking the prospect of an Occupy protest in stride.

"Everybody has a right to march to protest," said Bill Steffin, of Los Angeles. "They followed procedures so far."

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