For the past few days, Occupy Wall Street protesters in California have been preparing a massive Rose Parade float to illustrate corporate America’s stranglehold on the political system.
The 70-by-40-foot “octopus of corporate greed” is made entirely of recycled plastic bags, and will march around the parade route after the last official float has passed by.
The Rose Parade takes place in Pasadena, Cali., immediately before the Rose Bowl football game. It is watched by millions of people, in person and via television, and presents a brilliant opportunity for local Occupy groups to share their message with the masses.
Watch the video below to hear members of Occupy LA and Occupy Pittsburgh explain the use of an octopus as political satire.
According to the LA Times, members of Occupy Los Angeles have been working with Pasadena police and Tournament of Roses officials to figure out a way to participate without disrupting the parade. ”Our goal is to put Occupy’s best foot forward,” said Occupy activist Pete Thottam, adding that they expect more than 1,000 OWS participants. “We recognize that this is a historic, iconic event geared toward middle America and the family.”
Occupiers have been working constantly to prepare the float and their participants for the event, deciding who will work on the OWS peacekeeping team, and who will carry the plastic pipes supporting two large replicas of the preamble to the Constitution as well as the octopus’ tentacles.
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