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Sunday, November 20, 2016
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73 N. VINEDO ST., PASADENA 91107
Doo Dah Parade dubs playwright/director, musician, Juli Crockett as its Grand Marshal!
The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade has selected renaissance woman, Juli Crockett, to lead this year’s 38th Occasional Parade. Consider the fact she’s a singer, songwriter, playwright, theater director, undefeated professional boxer and amateur champion, and leader of an alt-country/Americana genre-defying band and you’ll get the picture. Don’t forget to add Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Communications to her resume. Doo Dah organizers say “Juli is a fierce and brilliant artist who embodies the spirit of our event!”
2015 Doo Dah Queen
Her Majesty Veronika MeowMeowz
Official Doo Dah After-Party:
“SAVE YOUR BORING SUNDAY FOR ANOTHER TIME”
American Legion Post 280, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks north of Parade on Vinedo) immediately following the event. The 38th consecutive after-parade performance by the one and only and 38th consecutive post-parade year performance by Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, and the amazing New Horses. Dancing, cheap(est) food and drinks!! $3 cover (supports a Legion charity-let’s support those guys!)
Unofficial Doo Dah After-Parties:
PooBah Records: 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.
The Colorado Bar: Famous hangout and located on the parade route and right next door to Poo Bah’s at 2640 E. Colorado Blvd. No cover and will feature Drunk in the Garage live band and plenty of salty chips and drinks! See Flier.
Old Towne Pub: For those who stick to Old Town see Soul Fuzz, Westerner and Hot Sauce Holiday live bands at what they’re calling the Sooper Dooper Unofficial After Party from 1:00pm on. Cover? We have no idea but none mentioned. See Flier.
American Legion Post 280 in (East) Pasadena
and the Winner is…
Queen Veronica MeowMeowz of Pasadena
Stay Tuned for More Information on our new Queen and Her Runners Up!
It all happened at: 179 N. Vinedo Ave. Pasadena, CA 91107
Tryouts start at 4:00pm; Queen Hopefuls Arrive between 3 and 4 pm. First 20 queen hopefuls to arrive are free. General Public $5 cover
Wanna Tryout for Queen? It’s easy! Make sure to dress for the occasion, you will have 3 minutes to show the judges why you should be queen!
There’s a Boom box playing CD’s and drumroll if you please!
Feel free to tell your supporters to come and root for you in the audience
There’s plenty of fun to be had. Cheap food and drinks
Snotty Scotty and the Hankies and more bands! Dancing! Pool table and smoking patio, big screen TV
If you’d like more information, tips or to let us know you’re trying out, call or email us!
Patricia: (626) 590-1134 or email email@example.com
Outgoing 2014 Doo Dah Queen Narayana
Outgoing 2014 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
India Jones and Slammin Sliders Food trucks will be parked next to Poo Bah Records just south of Colorado Blvd. on Vinedo Street on the parade route. Epicurus101 will be vending on the parade route.
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 and The Los Dos, last year’s 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, owned by current Doo Dah Queen Veronica MeowMeowzz, 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, 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!