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Occupy the Rose Parade protesters gather in Pasadena park

January 2, 2012 |  6:57 am


This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

About 50 Occupy the Rose Parade protesters were gathered in Pasadena's Singer Park early Monday.

[For the record, 7:30 a.m., Jan. 2: An earlier version of this post referred to Singer Park as Songer Park.]

At 6:03 a.m., a man sat crossed-legged beneath a tree, meditating. The group's first meeting started at 6:09 a.m. with a microphone check.

"We're hoping to get at least a thousand people here," said activist Fernando Garces, 55, of Torrance. "I'm pretty excited. I couldn't get to sleep last night, and I'm not tired."

"It's going to be beautiful!" an activist yelled as Garces addressed the group with logistical plans.

The group's main focus Monday is ending home foreclosures, Garces said. Signs at the meeting read "Eat the Rich," carrying the image of the Monopoly game financier, and "Stop the War on Workers."

Some activists were walking around wearing tents on their back, representing the Occupy movement, and were calling themselves human tents.

At the meeting, Garces said Occupy is looking forward to possible future events, including Occupy the Grammys.


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