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Tribeca girl, 12, crashes Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to protest SeaWorld float

FROM NY Daily News
November 28, 2013

Tribeca girl, 12, crashes Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to protest SeaWorld float

A plucky 12-year-old girl jumped into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday to stage a solo protest of a SeaWorld float.

Chanting, “Boycott SeaWorld,” and waving a sign that said the same, Tribeca resident Rose McCoy’s one-girl rebellion lasted about 30 seconds before cops brought her back to her mother.

“I was a little nervous when I climbed the barricade and then saw the security guard coming at me,” Rose told The Daily News Thursday night.

“One of the cops said I ruined the parade, which actually made my day,” she said.

Rose popped up in the parade just ahead of SeaWorld’s bright green-and-blue float, startling a group of characters dressed like aquatic creatures who were marching alongside.

A security guard quickly hustled her to the side, as spectators shouted, “That’s a child!”

Cops took over and brought Rose back to her spot behind the metal barricades.

Rose said she decided to do it after a planned protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals fell apart.

“I was with a group but we lost a few in the crowd and we didn’t have enough to really attract attention,” she said.

“Thanksgiving is a good time for outreach,” she noted.

PETA tried to get the SeaWorld float booted from the Macy’s parade over alleged mistreatment of its orca whales.

The animal rights group was going to line the parade route with protestors.

SeaWorld told AP the accusations have “absolutely no basis” and that “the men and women who care for these animals ... are dedicated in every respect to their health and well-being.” 

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