Rose Bowl Parade: Pageantry And Protest

Volunteers are putting finishing touches on flower-festooned floats, musicians are polishing their instruments and horse handlers are prepping their charges as the annual Rose Parade prepares to get under way for the 122nd year.

Watch the Rose Parade on WITN at 11 a.m.

But during Monday's edition, hundreds of extra police officers from numerous law enforcement agencies are also moving into place due to the expected demonstration by anti-Wall Street protesters who will be falling in at the end of the procession with their own march.

Police, parade and city officials have held numerous meetings with the organizers of Occupy the Rose Parade to ensure that protesters keep to the end of the two-hour long procession, where spectators and other groups who want to make political statements regularly tag along.

Several hundred activists are expected to turn out.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Brandon Location: Greenville on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    LoL these occupy protesters are a joke.
  • by REM Location: ENC on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:13 AM
    Ruin American Traditon? These guys are doing what citizens have done for decades in this country. Protesters are the people that led a revolt to form our DOI and the US C and this country's government.We have a unchecked system of usery that has led to economic oppression. More people today than ever on so-called "entitlement" programs because of the greed of a few capitalist men. Just ungodly for a Country that many of it's people claim to be a land and government with a Christian inspired beginning.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 02:56 PM
    tired of protesters trying to ruin American traditions instead of being proud to be an American and either participating or not...if not, shut up
  • by rapper Location: wilson on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:04 AM
    Sounds good to me.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jan 2, 2012 at 03:55 AM
    As long as the cameras cut off and give these occupiers no coverage, everything will be good.

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