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Occupy Rose Parade planning 'floats,' Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore

December 22, 2011 |  7:39 am

Photo: Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, left, and filmaker Michael Moore. Credit: Evan Pucci / Associated Press and Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Occupy protesters are planning their own show at the end of the Rose Parade.

Occupy forces from around the nation are expected to converge on the Rose Parade, being held Jan. 2, for the protest.

"We have people coming from Seattle, Portland, Oakland and New York," said Pete Thottam, an Occupy spokesman.

Pasadena police and Tournament of Roses officials have been negotiating with Occupy representatives for several weeks on a plan that they hope will prevent any disruptions to the parade. Pasadena officials will allow the Occupy group to march the route at the end of the parade, after all the floats have passed.

Protesters intend to march with large banners that decry wealth inequality in the United States and to unveil a few colorful "floats" of their own, including a giant people-powered octopus, said Thottam.

The octopus will be made out of recycled bags, stretching 40 feet from tentacle to tentacle, and is designed to represent the stranglehold that Wall Street has on the political process, he said.

 
Others will carry large reproductions of the Constitution, one with the words "We the People" and another declaring "We the Corporations," he said. Among the planned speakers:  Cindy Sheehan, an antiwar activist who lost her son in the Iraq war, leftist documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and local Occupy activists.

That would be significantly larger than past Rose Parade protests.

But Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte' Riddle said law enforcement believes that officials have the situation under control. In the past, officials have allowed groups to march peacefully after the parade, including animal rights protesters and fringe sects predicting the end of the world. The Occupy marchers will hit the parade route after a phalanx of police cars moves through but while the crowd is still in place.

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Photos: (left) Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan. Credit: Evan Pucci / Associated Press

(right) Filmmaker Michael Moore. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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