Just like the party on Times Square, the Rose Parade is an essential part of how we celebrate the beginning of a new year. The Tournament of Roses Parade, which is how it’s officially called, has been happening in early January for more than 120 years. Each year, dozens of floats built entirely out of flowers and other organic material parade down Colorado Avenue in Pasadena, California.
This year, things are going to be a little different though: Not only is the parade happening on January 2nd instead of New Year’s day due to parade rules that don’t allow it to happen on a Sunday; Occupy protesters are planing to use the parade to broadcast their demands to a world-wide audience. There are plans for a human float that will follow the official parade, and protesters will also position themselves along the parade route.
Both the official parade and the surrounding protests will be streamed live online:
- Local TV network KTLA will broadcast the entire event online starting at 8am PT.
- Occupy live streamer Spencer Mills a.k.a OakFoSho will be live streaming from the Occupy the Rose Parade protests. The schedule for this stream is still a little unclear, but your best bet is to check his Twitter feed.
And in case you’re wondering who Spencer Mills is – we interviewed him a few months ago: