Press Release

2014 Pasadena DOO DAH PARADE Date

TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

QUEEN TRYOUTS will be held on Sunday, May 25th at the American Legion Post 280 in East Pasadena

For more information, please contact Patricia Hurley: 626-590-1143, hurleypanne@yahoo.com

The 2014 Doo Dah Parade will Rumble through East Pasadena on a soon-to-be-announced date!

Daring to go where no parade has gone before, this year’s Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will again bring its own brand of raucous eccentricity East. The 2014 Parade will roll in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard.

Last year, dozens of inventive, if zany, art cars and floats accompanied a legion of frolickers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets, including many first-time entries like the League of Steam, Machina Candeo, Conehead Rocket Sled, Hippie Cream, Easy Acres Chicken Sitters, Wisdom Arts Laboratory, combined bands of the 35th Dragoon Guards, Mile High Bed, Cheesus Chrust Pizza Company, 2011 Queen Red Rosie, Balkan Brass Band, and the Ladies Auxiliary for Cultural Enrichment, among others.

Known as the twisted sister of the conventional Rose Parade, the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire. The parade which has spawned numerous off-beat replicants across the country was named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die!

This year’s spectacle will see the return of such wildly diverse entries as a fleet of motorized Kinetic Pastry Science Mobile Muffins, Captain McHogwash’s Amazing Chundra, a humungous robotic spitting cat named Boo-Boo Kitty, oddly-attired sound inventors known as The Highland Park Thursday Evening Gentlemen’s Society Circuit Bending Marching Band & Ladies’ Auxiliary, and the crowd favorite Disco Drill Team, real American Bandstanders, Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin, OC NRML, The Billionaires, Occupy Doo Dah, Quilting Bees, Whistling Diva, The Bra-Ettes, L.A. Derby Dolls, classic, scary clowns, BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, Hare Kirshna Chanters, Howdy Krishna, and the immortal Doo Dah house band Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, and many more!

Yes, another Doo Dah is here to help you forget your humdrum existence!

WHAT: The 37TH OCCASIONAL PASADENA DOO DAH PARADE

WHERE: Colorado Boulevard (between Altadena and San Gabriel Boulevards) in East Pasadena.

WHEN: DATE TO-BE-ANNOUNCED SOON

COST: Always FREE-of-charge!!

Plenty of street parking is available ~ Parade route is also just west of the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station (at Colorado Blvd. and Sierra Madre Villa). City busses go directly to the area.

Come early! Bring a lawn chair! Visit the local eateries and shops, and attend the after parties all within walking distance.

Official Doo Dah After-Party: American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks from Parade at Vinedo & Walnut), immediately following the event. Bands…cheap food and drinks!! $5 cover (supports a Legion charity).

Great Photos Available Upon Request

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts Are Coming Up in May 2014!

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
3-3:303:30ish 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 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!

The basics:

37th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!

TO-BE-ANNOUNCED SOON!

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 Quuen 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 34th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Saturday, April 30th stepping off at 11:00am on 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.

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