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Estimated 5,000 Occupy the Rose Parade Protesters Following Last Float

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Television coverage of the 123rd annual Tournament of Roses Parade ended with the final floral float, before the last entrants in the spectacle made their official debut. An estimated 5,000 "Occupy" movement protesters are following the last float, with a Pasadena Police escort.

The groups are diverse, and are not anything like the sets of uniformed marching band members or costumed kids waving from petal- and seed-festooned motorized floats. Instead, they are carrying signs and chanting, holding up peace signs, and making their presence well-known to the remaining onlookers who are still gathered on the parade route.

The protesters are "getting a few boos but mostly cheers," says City News Service, and a live stream from OccupyFreedomLA from the march echoes that summary. Many of the onlookers are waving back, observing, and taking photo and video.

The centerpoint of the march is a giant octopus, the Octopy, which is making its way down the route, surrounded by thousands of protesters.

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