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Controversial Rose Parade floats draw protesters

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(CBS 8) - Thousands lined the streets of Pasadena Wednesday morning for the 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. They were all drawn to the extravagent floats, but at least two entries drew protesters to the parade route.

Every year, the Rose Parade draws protesters and Wednesday morning law enforcement was prepared, because these protests were planned and promoted.

The intricate design of this year's SeaWorld float helped the park receive top honors in this year's Rose Parade. But despite that acclaim, another group had a completely different outlook.

Video sent to CBS News 8 from PETA shows protesters interrupting the parade by lying down in front of the float. Security moved in quickly and can be seen dragging people away. In all, 19 people were arrested, including a 12-year-old girl.

Responding to the SeaWorld criticism, parade officials said in part:

"This year's float is designed to illustrate the wonder of sea life in a manner that can inspire millions to learn more about our oceans which is consistent with seaworld's ongoing mission."

Meanwhile, another float that stirred up controversy also made history. For the first time in the Rose Parade's 125 years, a same sex marriage was performed.

Together for more than a decade, Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots tied the knot atop the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float. An honor that many didn't want to see happen. The wedding sparked a boycott by opponents of gay marriage, which is why a team of armed guards followed the float the entire parade. Not to mention, the ongoing harrassment the couple says they received leading up to their big day. To read more on this story, CLICK HERE.

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