‘Occupy Wall Street’ Takes Their Message To The Halloween Parade

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, long known for its funky costumes and elaborate puppets and displays, got occupied last night.

Some 200 protesters with the Occupy Wall Street demonstration took their message to the parade, making elaborate floats and costumes.

One float was a large slot machine. Written across the top of it was “New York Slot Exchange” and “We Bet Your Life!” Attached to the side of the float was a large attachment resembling a vacuum cleaner, with fake money being drawn into it. Written on it was “This Sucks.”

Photo Gallery: Halloween Parade Gets ‘Occupied’

Other demonstrators carried signs saying “Democracy Now.”

One person was dressed as the Statue of Liberty, with half her face reduced to a skeleton carrying chains. Along with the costume was a sign that read “Chains you can believe in? Occupy!”

One person dressed in a superhero outfit with a “U” emblazoned on it. He was “Unemployed Man.” And of course there were folks wearing the now-ubiquitous Guy Fawkes mask, inspired by the man behind the failed plot to blow up England’s parliament in 1605. The Fawkes mask became wildly popular after being worn by a fictional anarchist in the movie of Alan Moore’s graphic novel “V For Vendetta.”

One person wore a “Mr. Monopoly” outfit and carried a bag with a dollar sign on it. He sported a button that said “I am the 1%” on it. Picking up on that theme, other folks wore tuxedos and carried signs that said “Occupy St. Tropez.”

Meanwhile, the protesters themselves may be starting to get concerned about matters of commerce. They’re reportedly trying to trademark the phrase “Occupy Wall Street.”

  • Empulse

    There are some that say some of the 99% are hypocrites, in that they utilize many forms of consumerism in the fight against Wall Street. But keep this in mind… the living of standard has changed, and become so that no one can afford it anymore, except the very wealthy. The standard of living is unsustainable. The status quo is greed, and greed works well as a trickle down principle, but only for those at the top. Once the country becomes too top heavy, you can expect a crash to come sooner or later. I don’t say this as someone who discredits capitalism, I say this as someone who detests extreme capitalsm. Education & health care should not be too expensive to maintain an adequate standard of living in this country. People who work several jobs but who still cannot afford the basics, like food, education, healthcare…. should not be scoffed at or penalized for their efforts. This speaks to the very nature of those doing the scoffing, those who have become narcissistic & filthy with privilege. I work a part time job, and am forced to limit my work due to health restrictions, but I manage to barely survive on the income I receive. I am Ok with my situation. However, I am not OK for those who cannot sustain themselves. I don’t support the current system of fraud or avarice. I buy only the bare necessities. I suggest that until Wall Street learnes how to stop finding ways to strangle the Golden Goose, then everyone should learn how to simply do without things that the 1% provides under the guise of capitalism. That will be the best way to stop Wall Street. Boycott the expensive reality TV lifestyles. They don’t serve anyone except those who make slavery legal.

  • Guy Fawkes

    Don’t you guys realize that nobody listen to you anymore? It doesn’t matter what you say here anymore. There’s a much better creative conversation out at the http://occupywallst.org/forum/ Please check it out ;-)

  • Josh

    These guys really are bad for their own cause. I get that there is a problem with the distribution of wealth but their “solution” seems to be to act homeless, call that protesting, and wait for handouts. How about you #Occupy a job fair? Since when did acting like underprivileged babies get anything accomplished? Also, cut out the theatrical crap with your demonstrations, you just look like hippies with no real point to make.

    Again, homelessness is not the answer to a broken economy. Crying to the people who broke the system to fix it isn’t a logical answer either. Want to cause change, go out and make the change. Sitting in a tent on the sidewalk may be a change but I doubt it’s the one America wants.

  • News Triggers

    Occupy Wall Street, It’s A Movement, a must hear podcast. For those just a little in the dark about what the movement/protest is all really all about, chk out this show. For a better understanding of whether you should or should NOT join in…it’s The Truth about Occupy Wall Street…


  • 8staple

    If these fools want to create real change, they need to start a grassroots movement to get candidates on the ballot or at the very least get the current politcians to listen to them. Creating floats and marching in front of a bunch of drunks is not going to get it down

  • sal

    Why aren’t the dirtbaggers protesting colleges and universities for charging such high tuitons, causing them to have this much debt?

  • WOLF


    • sal

      There are help wanted signs on store fronts in my neighborhood uptown, seems there are jobs.

      • there are jobs...if you really want it

        you kidding me? it is beneath them. retail type jobs are and have been available. it’s not the 9-5, cushy desk job they are owed for going to school. if you ask me, when the going gets tough(and it looks like it’s going to be like that for a while) and you had to provide for a family, you should take anything you can get.

        • John N

          I’ve been going down to Occupy DC on K St whenever I can….like many there, I have a job and have been helping as I can on my days off. Perhaps most of the commenters here would benefit from having an intelligent discussion with people involved in the Occupy Together movement, instead of stereotyping and making childish, dismissive statements.

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