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Rose Parade disrupters face fines, jail time

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In this Dec. 29 photo, Occupy activists test a float made with a giant replica of the U.S. Constitution in Pasadena, Calif. Activists plan to turn out en masse, on Jan. 2, at the annual Rose Parade to demonstrate against corporate greed.

As Pasadena prepares for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, officials noted it was illegal to disrupt the event, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

Occupy protesters plan to march behind the parade with an octopus-shaped “human float” to represent the hold corporations have on the country, according to the Occupy Rose Parade website.

Disrupting or impeding a parade is punishable by a $1,000 fine and a jail term of up to six months, the Times report said.

The traditional New Year’s Day parade comes a month after the area was hit by a fierce windstorm that toppled trees, knocked out power in some areas and caused Pasadena close to $15 million in public damage and recovery costs, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

The 2012 parade will be held on Monday, Jan. 2, due to the event’s “Never on a Sunday” tradition that was established in 1893, according to the Tournament of Roses website.