Rose Bowl: Unofficial Float Number 44 Part of Occupy Movement
Right behind the 43rd float in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade this year will be the unofficial float of Occupy Rose Parade protestors. It seems they had enough time in their schedules to build a 250 x 50 float. In case you are wondering the float looks like an octopus, and represents the choke hold corporations have on America. Quite original, i can only guess what kind of plants they used to build the float.
An Occupy protest at Wells Fargo in Pasadena on Friday only drew around 10 people as reported by KABC Los Angeles. While these numbers are small, the Occupy organizers are expecting around 5,00 - 10,000 people to be at the Rose Parade on January 2nd at the conclusion of the parade. For interested parties protest participants are meeting at 7 a.m. on the morning of the Parade, January 2nd,at Singer Park in Pasadena.
I really think the message of the protestors has become marred by the publicity of protestor actions and hasn't resonated as well with their core audience, which as they define it themselves is pretty much everybody, or 99% of everybody in the U.S. The protests at the Port of Long Beach didn't help local movements there, with no message at all and not even really blocking port activity the movement is coming across more and more as convoluted and lacking any clear message. This isn't to mention the lack of support from local Pasadena residents who host the Tournament of Roses Parade. "I think this is a family event, a celebration for the New Year. I don't think this is an appropriate venue," said Peter Conti of Pasadena in an interview Friday. With the world watching it would be a great time for the movement to pull together and send one clear message that people will relate to, or at least one clear message.