Occupy Rose Parade Protestors Draw Mixed Reaction
Hundreds participated in the post-parade walk which featured "Occupy Octopus," a "float" made of recycled plastic bags.
Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street supporters marched along the Rose Parade route in Pasadena, California on Monday in a noisy but peaceful protest.
The protestors took to the streets after the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade had finished, and carried their own "float," Occupy Octopus, a 70-foot creation crafted from thousands of plastic bags.
Occupy "peacekeepers" accompanied the group to thwart confrontations, notes the Los Angeles Times. The paper notes that when a member of the Bible Believers group yelled, "You people are no more than communist revolutionaries who destroy our country," a peacekeeper topped one of the marchers from responding.
Protestors were also met with taunts like "get a job" and "you guys had your 15 minutes." Other spectators snapped photos and cheered when the procession walked the 1.5 mile section of the parade route.
Occupiers also marched with homemade signs and a giant banner that said "We the People" that represented the U.S. Constitution.
Occupy the Rose Parade organizers estimated that 5,000 people took part in the march; police said there were 400 protestors, notes the Associated Press.