"A segment of Occupy Wall Street protesters applied for a permit to be in the annual Rose Parade on January 2nd. They should be applauded for their application -- it was an uncharacteristic submission to hierarchy. But the people who really deserve applause are the parade officials who rejected their application.
But now the Occupiers, who never take no for an answer, plan to follow behind the police cars that conclude the parade. Officials are aware of this, and an article by Penny Starr of CNS News said:
“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,” Riddle [Lt. of the Pasadena Police Department] said. “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.”
The Occupiers plan to make a "human float" -- whatever form that ends up taking, it should be an interesting spectacle."
I have a suggestion for the Rose Parade organizers. Instead of using police cars lined up behind the last offical parade participant, how about lining up the horse mounted patrol all the way across the street and let the OWS smelly crowd walk directly behind the horse's butts?
And make sure the horses have had plenty to eat before the parade.