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Rose Parade: Elaborate floats, Occupy protest

The Kiwanis float passes the crowd on Colorado Boulevard during the 123rd annual Rose Parade in Pasadena Jan. 2, 2012.
January 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Colorful and elaborate floats rolled down Colorado Boulevard on Monday, and then thousands of Occupy protesters followed.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets, and many of them camped out overnight to secure their spots along the parade route. Ten people were arrested overnight - four of them were felonies.

The theme of the 123rd Rose Parade was "Just Imagine."

Iraq war veteran and "Dancing With The Stars" season 13 champion J.R. Martinez served as grand marshal

For the first time in 58 years, the famed Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales didn't march in the parade. The company said it pulled its team of famous horses from the parade in a change of marketing strategy.

Anheuser-Busch said it wanted to focus on events that have more of a direct connection with beer drinkers.

The floats were parked for viewing along Sierra Madre Boulevard, between Washington Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, and Washington Boulevard, between Sierra Madre Boulevard and Woodlyn Road. The viewing began at 1 p.m. and cost $10.

All 43 floats will be on display again from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for children aged 5 and under.

The parade was held on Monday because of a longstanding policy of not having the festivities on a Sunday.

Rose Parade ends with Occupy protesters

Hundreds of extra law enforcement officers were in place because of the anti-Wall Street protesters, who marched at the end of the parade carrying a 250-foot-long banner representing the U.S. Constitution and a 70-foot-long octopus representing corporate greed.

"Why is it that the banks need a bailout and people aren't (getting one)?" said Jill Emery, of Sierra Madre, as she held a sign that read: "Nightmare on Wall Street - Rethink the American Dream."

The hundreds of Occupy protesters were met by a mix of boos and cheers from the crowd as they marched down the parade route.

Officers allowed the protesters to march behind a police escort after the last float made its way down. It was during a time when spectators were allowed to fill the streets and march the parade route.

Organizers said they had no intention of disrupting the parade. No problems with protesters were reported.

"It's an opportunity to get in front of a large group of people who, in most cases, should be sympathetic to our cause," said William Garrels, of Sacramento.

See photos of the 123rd annual Rose Parade in Pasadena.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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