New York's Financial District in Chaos on 'Occupy Wall Street' Anniversary

Protesters and cops swarm the Financial District during events marking the one-year anniversary of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.

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There was sound and some fury — and dozens of arrests — Monday as the Occupy Wall Street movement marked its one-year anniversary by trying to bottle-up the fat cats in the Financial District.

But the demonstrators quickly found themselves penned-in by cops, who arrested 63 people as of 10 a.m., police sources said — including retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard, a decorated Vietnam vet who served as a military chaplain during the Iraq War.

[See photos of the one-year anniversary of 'Occupy Wall Street']

There was plenty of raging against the man, but no reports of serious violence between police and protesters.

Demonstrator Robert Cammiso said the activists’ goal is to be heard — not necessarilly get arrested.

"This may be the last opportunity we have before the election to have the voices of the people heard," said Cammiso, 47, a construction worker from Brooklyn.

Demonstrators trying to reach the New York Stock Exchange on Broad St. found their path blocked by phalanxes of regular and mounted police — and a large, fragrant pile of fresh horse manure.

Workers trying to get to their jobs were told to produce ID’s or get lost.

"Oh no you don’t," a police officer said when a demonstrator tried to slip through the blue wall at Wall St. and Broadway, one short block from the seat of American capitalism. He was quickly turned away.

Zuccotti Park, which the OWS had occupied for months last year, was also fenced off. Instead, demonstrators gathered across the street to rail against crony capitalism in front of Isamu Noguchi's famous red cube statue.

[From the New York Daily News: 'Occupy Wall Street' Turns One Year Old]

Another big group of demonstrators was squatting near the Bowling Green subway station, a stone’s throw from the famous charging bull statue.

"The whole world is going to be watching to see if people come back for the one year anniversary," said hairstylist, Danielle Capron, 23, who drove in from Harrisburg, Pa. and carried a OWS birthday cake made out of painted cardboard. "They want to see if people gave up or came back and clearly they came back."

Nancy Mancias, 42, an activist from San Francisco, was part of a "Bust Up Banks" group and wore a shocking pink bra on her head to make her points. She said the people who wrote OWS’s obit were premature.

"I don't think Occupy is dead," she said. "I think it's exciting to be here and see the variety of people, the ages, all sorts."

Edward (Ted) Hall III, one of the OWS movements more revered members, said the goal all along "was to say we can control our future."

"This is where people are really putting their ideals into action," he said.

But trapped in that spot, some demonstrators broke out the tarot cards and an almost carnival-like atmosphere began taking over as bemused tourists snapping pictures of grinning protesters, some of them decked out in black Grim Reaper outfits and carrying cardboard tombstones that read, "R.I.P Wall Street."

At Trinity Church, another nexus of the OWS movement, demonstrators created a drum circle.

OWS had planned to shut down the Stock Exchange by lining the streets and then sitting down en masse to create an occupied zone.

The goal was to "shut down the Financial District."

Stock broker turned yoga instructor Justin Ritchie, 31, of Manhattan said he came out to spread the word on how the financial game "is rigged." He was holding a sign that read, "We don’t mind the game, we mind when you cheat."

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and the hip-hop group Das Racist serenaded the demonstrators gathered in Foley Square and an "Occupy Rosh Hashanah" service was held at Zuccotti Park.

"When people from the middle class are becoming lower class, and people from the lower class are becoming homeless, no one seems to be gaining anything but the absolute richest," 22-year-old Shiloh Coral said.

By Christina Boyle, Vera Chinese, Anthony Bartkewicz, and Corky Siemaszko / New York Daily News