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Organizers Finalize Plans to Occupy Rose Parade

Demonstration could bring anywhere between 4,000 to 40,000 protesters to Pasadena parade



    Occupy the Rose Parade

    Pete Thottam , one of the organizers of Occupy the Rose Parade, joins Robert Kovacik on Nonstop News LA to talk about the annual Tournament of Roses parade, and how the Occupy movement plans to utilize the parade to spread the message of the 99%. (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011)

    Members of the Occupy movement are finalizing plans for a scheduled demonstration Jan. 2 at the Rose Parade in Pasadena.

    The movement’s latest plans were announced in November and could bring anywhere from 4,000 to 40,000 protesters to the highly attended and viewed event.

    There are four phases to the demonstration, as is described on the Occupy the Rose Parade website.

    The first phase starts the day before the parade at an event, coined by some as the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius, in All Saints Church in Pasadena. The event is part celebration, part forum on economic and social justice.

    Organizers Finalize Plans to Occupy Rose Parade

    [LA] Organizers Finalize Plans to Occupy Rose Parade
    A group called Occupy the Rose Parade is finalizing plans for a peaceful protest at the annual event. Organizers are preparing a series of "human floats" that will follow the parade, including a giant version of the Constitution.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011)

    The second phase will take place at Norton Simon Museum, located on the parade’s main drag, where protesters are expected to display signs.

    The demonstrators are planning to form a human float in the shape of an octopus for the third phase, and are expected to trail the final parade float down Colorado Boulevard. The octopus is meant to represent the hold corporations have on the country.

    “The last float in the parade is number 43,” said Occupy protester Pete Thottam in a past interview. “We’re going to be float number 44, which coincidentally is the Obama Administration’s float number.”

    Organizers Plan Occupy Rose Parade

    [LA] Organizers Plan Occupy Rose Parade
    Occupy protesters finalize plans for Monday's Rose Parade event.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011)

    The Occupiers plan to gather for a pow wow in the final phase of the event, which may include a press conference at Pasadena City Hall and a subsequent music concert.

    Though demonstrators maintain they have planned a peaceful protest, the Pasadena Police Department is expected to beef up security at the event. They plan to have helicopters flying above the parade route and to employ an armored vehicle during the parade.

    The Rose Parade is watched by an estimated 47 million Americans on TV, in addition to several million international viewers. The theme for its 123rd year is "Just Imagine..."

    Rose Parade Safety Tips

    [LA] Rose Parade Safety Tips
    Pasadena officials talk about the safety measures in place for the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011)

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