Welcome to the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Official Website!
This Year’s Parade Date is
Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 11:00a.m.
The parade is free to watch
Bring your lawn chairs!
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More Information about the parade, Doo Dah royalty, History, food trucks and after parties…
2014 Doo Dah Queen Narayana
and Grand Marshal Johnny
What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been…
38 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
It all began at Chromo’s Bar and Grill. Chromos was located near Ernie Junior Tacos and down the block from the Hotel Taylor, an SRO in Old Town Pasadena. While some considered it nothing more than a blighted district in need of redevelopment others inhabited the neighborhood as a creative playground. Famous and not-so-famous artists rented cheap lofts and soon-to-be legendary bands rocked on at Chromo’s, Vitale’s, Hazel’s Bar and the Loch Ness Monster Pub. A perfect setting for something interesting to happen. And it did.
Pasadena is a city of many traditions, the most well-known being New Year’s Tournament of Roses. But if January 1st falls on a Sunday the parade is always held the following day. Peter Apanel (who would become Czar of the Doo Dah Parade) along with other Chromo’s officianados had a brainstorm: “What if we had our own parade?”
Apanel wrote “Whatever we did it would have to be just the opposite of what the Rose Parade does. They have a theme so we would have no theme. They have Judging and prizes, so we would have no judging and no prizes. Since none of us would be allowed in the Rose Parade, we would allow everyone in our parade.” They called it Doo Dah.
Thousands have since participated in or attended the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, led each and every time by Snotty Scotty & the Hankies. People have come and gone and come back. It’s spawned numerous copycat parades across the nation.
In 1995, Light Bringer Project, a Pasadena-based nonprofit, inherited the Parade and perpetuated its spirit and energy. In 2010 Doo Dah relocated beyond the “Other Parade’s” route into East Pasadena where it now lives on.
Doo Dah means many things to many people ~ perhaps, a little something different to everyone. Wacky and weird? Sublime absurdity? Rite of reversal? Twisted sister of the Rose Parade? Probably all of the above.
The very first T-shirt had the words “First Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade” emblazoned across the front. You have to wonder if they thought “maybe this thing’ll catch on.”
The curious place with the curious name. Chromo’s opened April 1st, 1977 at 120 W. Colorado Boulevard. Most of those who came in were in their mid-twenties to early-thirties and had roots in the sixties. That means they had an active interest in music, art and partying. They also loved their beer and Chromo’s had plenty to go around. Perhaps, the scrawled massage on the men’s restroom said it all: “Chromo’s has a way with God’s unwanted.” If that’s so, owners Corky Peterson, Jim Kendall and Chris Gulker provided them with a suitable playground. It should surprise no one that this is the place where Doo Dah was hatched.
Light Bringer Project
The Pasadena-based nonprofit is owner and producer of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. True to its mission to “build communities through the power of art and education,” Light Bringer Project.
Food Trucks and After Parties
Epicurus 101 is the first 100% solar-powered food truck and commercial vehicle in the United States. They’re currently selling delicious fruit sorbets and gelato with raw honey. The menu is seasonal and changes daily.
The Official After Party
American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks north of parade on Vinedo near Walnut St. immediately following the parade. Snotty Scotty and the Hankies and Horses on Astroturf bands, dancing, cheap warm food and drinks!! $3 cover.
The Unofficial After Party
The famous Colorado Bar, located right next door at 2640 E. Colorado Blvd. will feature Drunk-in-the-Garage, Grand Marshal bartender Johnny, along with salty chips and drinks! No cover.
One of Pasadena’s favorite independent music stores, will feature live in-store performance and DJ. PooBah is located at 2636 E. Colorado Blvd., right on the parade route. Here is Ron Stivers, owner.
Pasadena’s Rock n’ Roll Thrift Shop, located just one block west of the parade route, presents a Doo Dah Parade afterpary kicking off at 1:00pm with live band, Untoward Children (featuring Veronika Sorrow, owner). Free! 2423 E. Colorado Blvd.
Their regular brunch will be available 8am to 2pm. For the Doo Dah Parade, they will host $7 cocktails from 2-6pm, and small bites from 4pm-6pm. Just west of the parade route at 2361 E. Colorado Blvd.
And there’s Denny’s!
Official 2014 T-shirts for Sale
Brand new mens and women’s sizes and styles in a range of sizes available for $20 each at the parade. Come and support the parade by buying a shirt for yourself- makes a great holiday gift too:) and get one while supplies last!