UPDATED: PASADENA - Pasadena police have arrested 22 people on suspicion of misdemeanors such as public drunkenness along the parade route since Tournament of Roses festivities started Monday evening, and one person was picked up on suspicion of having tools that could be used to break into vehicles, police said today.
Like last year, members of the Occupy movement plan to participate -- but with a float this time around. The loosely organized group of demonstrators, frustrated with a stagnant economy and near gridlock in the nation's capital, plan to bring up the rear of the parade with a "Monopoly" float, a riff on the board game in which players try to snatch up real estate and force other players into financial ruin.
Occupy demonstrators turned out in force last year, numbering about 5,000, but did not significantly disrupt the time-honored pageant.
Today's 124th edition of the parade, including 42 floral floats and 23 marching bands and 21 equestrian units, stepped off, with famed chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall as grand marshal, under the banner of "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
Thousands of people camped along the 5.5-mile route, braving lows in upper 30s. Highs today are forecast to be in the mid 60s. Stanford takes on Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl at 4:30 p.m.
No major problems or serious injuries have been reported along the parade route so far this year. None of the booking records of those arrested have been made available so far.