It wasn't quite A Miracle on 34th st style happy ending at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year for the SeaWorld float.
After controversy over the float and calls to boycott from PETA, the SeaWorld float escaped mostly unharmed -- except for one real life Lisa Simpson.
Though the PETA protest ended up diluted by the huge crowd that gathered for the annual parade, Rose McCoy, a 12-year-old New Yorker, managed the jump the police barricade as the SeaWorld float went by, holding up a sign and chanting her conviction: Boycott SeaWorld.
The protests were stirred up by the documentary about orcas in captivity, Blackfish. The film focuses mostly on Tilikum, the largest orca in captivity in the world, who is housed in SeaWorld Orlando and is father to many of the parks younger orcas. In almost 30 years of captivity, Tilikum has been involved in three incidents that ended in human lives being lost, while routinely being raked and bullied by the female orcas.
The protest lasted only a few seconds before officers arrived, appearing to shove her backwards into the barricade before someone shouts, "that's a kid!"
“One of the cops said I ruined the parade, which actually made my day,” McCoy told the NY Daily News after being lifted back over the barricade.
Gothamist has video of the incident:
PETA -- not exactly a model citizen itself, it should be said -- is next threatening The Rose Parade with boycotts, and urging them to update SeaWorld's float to their own design, a rather pointless display which you can see in the header image or at SeaWorld of Hurt.
The protest in New York would have been completely ineffectual without the gutsy McCoy jumping the barricade on her own. If PETA has any brains, I think she's earned herself a trip to Pasadena.
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