Occupy Wall Street might get big cheers at international gatherings of socialists and communists, but they will not be allowed to march in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, CNS News reports.
The group announced in November its intent to “occupy” the parade, but parade officials told CNS News the protesters will “not be taking part in the Rose Parade” because “only official entries, approved by the tournament well in advance of the event, can take part in the event.”
And this time, Occupy Wall Street can’t scream they’ve been denied their First Amendment right to free speech.
“The Tournament of Roses has the exclusive authority to issue permits for the entries in the parade. Occupy has not been issued a permit,” Lt. Plhunte Riddle of the Pasadena Police Department told CNS News.
“They will be allowed, just like any other spectator or any other demonstrator, to fall in at the completion of the parade behind our four police cars that trail the parade,” he added.
“That doesn’t give them placing, that doesn’t give them a permit – no permit is needed as long as they don’t infringe on other individuals that every year gather in the street and walk.”
Although the group is not part of the parade, its Web site OccupytheRoseParade.org says, “Float #44/#99 will be our float with visual displays including a 250 foot ‘We the People’ U.S. Constitution, a 50 foot ‘We The Corporations’ version, a giant ‘Goldie Sachs’ Wheel of Fortune exhibit, a Wall Street ‘Occupy The Octopus’ (Occupy The Vampire Squid) representing Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Citibank (i.e. Wall Street) and much more,” the Web site states.
The site also encourages Occupy protesters to gather in Pasadena to participate in a “human float” pushing the Occupy agenda.
“It’s an unprecedented opportunity to get the concerns and messages of the Occupy Wall Street movement out to an enormous audience,” organizer Pete Thottam told CNS.
Penny Starr wrote:
But Michael Alexander, president and co-founder of the Tea Party Pasadena Patriots and its political action committee, TEAPAC, said he doesn’t think the protestors will have much impact and described the Occupy efforts as a “movement in decline.”
Alexander said his group debated whether to stage a counter-demonstration but it was decided that it was wrong to “politicize” the beloved parade.
“America is entitled to one day without politics, whether it’s the Tea Party, the Democrats, the Republicans or the Occupy people,” Alexander said. “The Rose Parade is our parade and we deeply resent any effort to politicize it.”
According to Alexander, protesters following a parade engaging in “petty street theater” will do nothing to change the “status quo” in Washington.
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