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Rose Parade security beefed up as Occupy plans protest

Occupy Rose Parade to march Jan. 2

Authorities are beefing up security for the Tournament of Roses Parade this year but hope a planned Occupy protest will be peaceful and not disrupt the event.

Pasadena police and Occupy the Rose Parade demonstrators had a meeting of the minds this week, with protesters who plan a post-parade march down Colorado Boulevard promising not to disrupt the main event and police ensuring that the demonstrators would be treated fairly as long as they keep their word.

In a meeting Wednesday with Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and other department brass, Occupy the Rose Parade organizers agreed not to disrupt official proceedings.

"We want to make sure this is completely non-disruptive to the main parade," said Occupy the Rose Parade organizer Peter Thottam.

"We're going to work with [Occupy the Rose Parade] to ensure that the parade goes smoothly and they have the opportunity to have their voice,” said Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Phlunte Riddle.

On Jan. 2, the Occupy demonstrators plan to display signs near the Norton Simon Museum, across from the main location for television cameras covering the parade, before banding together to carry a 250-foot-long banner representation of the U.S. Constitution from Orange Grove Boulevard to a post-parade rally at Pasadena City Hall.

Thottam told the Pasadena Sun they also would display "a giant octopus to represent Wall Street's stranglehold on the economy and the political system."

County Supervisor Mike Antonovich announced Tuesday that the county will bolster Pasadena police during the parade, which is expected to draw 800,000 people to city streets and tens of thousands to the Rose Bowl for the game between the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin.

The Police Department will get help from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, officials said.

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Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: Members of the Pasadena City College Honor Band participate in the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2011. Credit: Raul Roa / Pasadena Sun

 
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