News Flash!

The 37th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Parade

Rolls on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 


at the American Legion Post 280 ~ East Pasadena, CA 91107

2:00pm Queen Hopefuls Arrive ~ 3:00pm Judges and Audience


Queen Tryouts are Truly Doo Dah Experience You Won't Want to Miss!

Queen Tryouts are a Truly Doo Dah Experience You Won’t Want to Miss!

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts Are Coming Up!

WHERE: The American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., Pasadena, Crosstreet is Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-9938

WHEN: Sunday, May 25th, 2014
2:00 pm – Doors Open and Live Music begins
2:00-3:00 pm – Queen Hopefuls Check-In
3-3:30ish pm – Queen Tryouts Start

COST: $5 cover to Legion’s charity; 1st 20 queen hopefuls to arrive are free!

Trying out? please call us at 626-590-1134 and we will answer your questions and give you tips. Open to everyone and we mean it! All are encouraged to dress randomly even if you are coming to watch.

HOW? The first 20 Queen Hopefuls to arrive get in FREE (1 admission per Queen’s entourage). Each Queen Hopeful will have a few minutes to WOW the Judges. Microphone and boom box, even drumroll, provided. Be ready to show us and tell us why YOU should be Queen! Bring Loyal Followers and HUMOR!

Featuring: The Legendary, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, Horses on Astroturf, Many former Queens, including 2014′s Queen Susann Edmonds, Erica, Skittles, Mickie, Tequila, Sue the Ref, Goofball Judges, Andrew, Duke of Doo Dah, Prizes, Cheap drinks, Smoking Patio, Pool and Big Screen TV! and Lots of Dancing!

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The basics:

37th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!


Entry Forms and information to be found on the Entry Form page

More about the Tryouts: Individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasions tested their fate to become queen. Contestants are usually outnumbered by equally-costumed judges, who include many former queens, and another hundred or so parade entrants, tryout supporters, Legion members, and the curious public. The town-hall setting with long tables in beer-fest style, crock pot chili, and legendary Doo Dah House Band, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies on stage, set the mood for the lively caucus. Among those who have perennially tried out are, Count Smokula, Santa’s Bad Elf, belly dancer, Narayana, a smoking Amy Winehouse, Queen Mother Teresa Kennedy, the Swami from El Monte, Sabrina the Stimulus Package, Second-Hand Rose Queen, Crystal, Gopher Girl, Buffy the Dog, Ms. Laurel, Pinball Lizard, Mama “J”, and Miss Boy Frances. Last year’s Queen Eric(a) Valentine, of Glendale, was a show stopper with his searing guitar licks.Other favorites have included Roobie Breastnut, former burlesque star, as Sarah Palin, Crystal Lightner, local diva of Altadena, and Jezzelynn on stilts.

Even More InfoOrganizers staged the first public tryouts in 1998 at a Gothic house on stilts. It then moved to the famed Zorthian Ranch, in Altadena. This and other parodies of Pasadena’s ‘Other Parade’ have fueled Doo Dah’s colorful and controversial life on Colorado Boulevard. The 37th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on a date to be announced soon, and will stepping off onto the streets of East Pasadena. To enter the parade simply go to the website and fill out a form, or call for more information (626) 590-1134.



25th Anniversary of the 1988 Snotty Scotty & the Hankies LP record

Join in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the 1988 Snotty Scotty & the Hankies LP record on the Doo Dah Record label.The band will play the album in order, in its entirety – for the first time EVER!

When:  Saturday Night – November 2, 2013 (time TBD)
Where:  T. Boyle’s Tavern, Pasadena  (it was Toes Tavern when/where the record release party took place on 11/13/1988)
Who:  Approximately 150 “producers” who contributed $10 each to make it happen, and are credited on the back of the album jacket.  That list will soon be published and we want to get as many of them as possible to attend this once in a lifetime event!  YOU may be one of them!  Not to mention the ever-changing line-up of Hankies – all on the evening’s guest list!
Mark your calendar now and stay tuned for more details as they develop!


We had a GREAT parade!

Check out the PHOTOS from the Doo Dah Parade on April 27th, 2013

Doo Dah is also featured in an LA Weekly slideshow!


Order your 2013 Doo Dah Parade T-Shirt online today! Show your support and pride for the Doo Dah Parade! Special thanks to Bill Brzykcy of The Barbecue & Hibachi Marching Grill Team for designing the shirt! You can purchase your shirt from our ONLINE STORE HERE. Shirts are $12 plus $5 for shipping.



Frank Girardot receives the 13th Annual Thorny Rose!

It’s official! The 13th Order of the Thorny Rose has spoken. This year’s recipient is Pasadena Star News editor Frank Girardot. The honor is bestowed annually by a secret panel of judges to a local personality who has generated significant controversy in the greater Pasadena community.

Girardot, who also has a regular column, has used the newspaper as a platform to take aim at iconic personalities and institutions, which have included Paul McCartney, President Barack Obama, Pasadena City Hall and the Roman Catholic Church. It can be said that political correctness and sitting on the fence are not among Frank Girardot’s top priorities. “If the day comes that those traits define him, it will be time for a huge reality check,” said parade organizers. “Frank is definitely a throwback to the days when reporters dug in to get their story. In so doing, he has ruffled plenty of feathers along the way.”

As is the tradition for Thorny Rose winners, Frank will be invited to receive his award in public and be driven along the route of the 36th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. The unique “Other Parade” takes place on Saturday, April 27th, stepping off at 11:00am at its new Colorado Boulevard location in East Pasadena. The only Thorny Rose awardee to pass up the invitation was local gadfly Wayne Lasvardi and development watchers Pasadenans for a Liveable City. They were consequently replaced by a man in a chicken suit who rode on their behalf.

The prickly honor, bestowed once a year on a Pasadena citizen, or group of citizens, and has been euphemistically called the city’s “biggest pain-in-the-ass award.”  Previous recipients have been Charles Cherniss, Roy Begley, the entire PUSD School Board, school critic Mary Dee Romney, West Pasadena Residents Association, Wayne Lasvardi, Ann Lau and the Falun Gong, Friends of Hahamongna, Pasadenans for a Liveable City, and last year’s Thorny Rose, All Saints Reverend Ed Bacon. Paul Little, former city councilperson, received the honor two years in a row!


All Hail Queen Susann of the 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!

Susann Edmonds was given the royal nod by a motley assembly of 50 judges and 250 spectators at the American Legion Bar in East Pasadena on Sunday, April 7th. She got stiff competition from Mia Bonadonna (3rd runner up) who incorporated four large pizzas into her performance and Tanya Piana (2nd runner up) who danced in burlesque style with pasties set to a punk rock tune. The belly dancer extraordinaire, Narayana, was 1st runner up. Susann, an Altadena resident, wowed judges with her singing enthusiasm and homemade cocktail elixirs.

Her royal majesty and her royal court, comprised of all the queen hopefuls, will entertain the parade on Saturday, April 27th, at 11 oclock in the morning. Queen Susann will lead the Queen’s Court, made up of her friends and royal followers. All those who tried out for Queen are encouraged to come and roll with the Queen’s Entourage!

Photo by Julie Smith

Photo by Julie Smith

Photo by Kelly Phillips

Photo by Kelly Phillips



Alan Zorthian, architect, art lover and proprietor of Zorthian Ranch, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.

Zorthian, son of well-loved bohemian couple Jirayr and Dabney Zorthian, has been responsible for renewing the life of the unique multi-acre property in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Altadena.

Alan grew up surrounded by artists and musicians and is no stranger to Doo Dah culture. Other Grand Marshals in the family include cousin, Savitri D., wife and collaborator with “Reverend Billy” and the Church of Stop Shopping who served in 2007, and of course Alan’s parents, Jirayr and Dabney, who each served in previous years.
Upon their passing, many have conjectured about the fate of Zorthian Ranch. Alan took leadership by building and reinforcing structures on the property, while providing an archive for the art and life of his well-known parents.

Alan also hosts an annual International Folk Music Festival, and has invited the Institute for Urban Ecology to create an urban farm on 22-acres of ranch property. Now the Zorthian Ranch not only remains the site of eclectic cultural gatherings, it will become a hub for ecological workshops and organic ‘growing.’

Upon being notified of his selection, Alan who sounded like he was in his car, paused then uttered, “I’m flabberghasted!” adding “I am not my parents but I gladly accept the honor!” he said.

Parade organizer Tom Coston says Zorthian has all the qualities a Doo Grand Marshal should possess. “Alan has always been a big supporter and friend, he carries the Zorthian torch proudly and has Doo Dah in his DNA.” he explains.

The new Grand Marshal will lead hundreds of Doo Dah marchers and revelers on Saturday, April 27th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena.