Occupy protesters are coming to the Rose Parade, and they’re bringing a 40-foot-long recycled octopus.
Protesters intend to display signs from the sidewalk and even march in the parade with banners and homemade floats, including the giant octopus, according to recent news reports.
The octopus float, which is to be made solely from recycled plastic bags, is designed to “represent the stranglehold that Wall Street has on the political process,” Pete Thottam, an Occupy spokesman, told the LA Times.
Protesters will march the “people-powered” octopus down the parade route after the last official float, along with other creations like a blowup of the Constitution, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
In preparation for the Occupy protest, Pasadena, Calif. police will beef up its already sizable presence at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, which are expected to attract as many as 800,000 people to the area, reports the LA Times. This year’s parade will be held on Jan. 2 due to a Tournament of Roses regulation that prohibits the parade and game from being conducted on a Sunday.