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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