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19 Arrested While Protesting SeaWorld Float at Rose Parade

A total of 19 people were arrested in connection with a protest of the SeaWorld float during the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, authorities said Wednesday.

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In a photo tweeted by the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, activists Tracy Reiman, left, and Simone Reyes are seen in the custody of L.A. County sheriff’s deputies at the Rose Parade on January 1, 2014. (Credit: PETA)

“They attempted to stand and stomp in front of the float to delay its progress,” Lt. Terysa Rojas of the Pasadena Police Department told KTLA 5.

Among those taken into custody were 18 adults and one juvenile, according to police.

Lt. Rojas said the demonstrators were arrested before they were able to hinder any of the parade’s progress.

The demonstrators were booked for a Pasadena municipal violation of “interfering with special events,” according to police.

The charge is a misdemeanor.

Another group of protesters gathered to rally against the same-sex marriage float.

No arrests were made in regard to that float, police said.

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Several protesters were arrested in an attempt to delay the progress of the controversial SeaWorld float in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

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