19 arrested while protesting Sea World float at Rose Parade

PASADENA — Police arrested 19 demonstrators who tried to block the progress of Sea World’s float during the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, authorities said.
The protestors, initially described as 18 adults and one teenager, were arrested on suspicion of violating a Pasadena Municipal code barring “interfering with a special event,” Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas said. The incident unfolded along Orange Grove Boulevard at Ellis Street, near the beginning of the parade route.
They were quickly taken into custody by police and sheriff’s deputies without a struggle, Rojas said. The demonstration resulted in no significant delays to the parade.
Many of those arrested wore T-shirts bearing logos of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an activist group which has expressed outrage over the float and Sea World’s treatment of orcas, Rojas said.
Another float in the parade which stirred controversy prior to the parade, an entry by he AIDS Healthcare Foundation, featuring d a same sex marriage, saw no protestors police were aware of, Rojas said.

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