Press Release




Media Contact: Patricia HurleyParade Spokesperson: (626) 590-1134, Media and Entry Calls
Doo Dah Message Hotline: (626) 590-7596

Doo Dah Parade Cranks it up for the Holiday Season

The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will celebrate 41 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The 2018 Parade takes place on Sunday, November 18th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard.

PASADENA, CA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 – On Doo Dah day, dozens of inventive, if zany, art cars and floats will accompany a legion of revelers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets with a memorable cast of local eccentrics, disruptors, pundits, mutant art cars, lone wolves, steam punks, makers and merrymakers.

Entries are open to everyone. This year’s lineups includes the Nut Camp, Trashion Show, The Pony Baloney Express, Bildge Rat, Code Blue DeFibs, Black Sabbitch, Flying Baby Homerun Border Crossing, Nordic Men, Murrugun the Sword Swallower, Kilt Brigade, Radioactive Chickenheads, D.J. Sparlkle Pony, Toaster Car, The Army of Toy Soldiers, The Eye, The Billionaires, Saucers from Bakersfield, Danse Macabre, Free Thought Society, Unich Band, Aloha Oy Vey Marching Ukelele Band, Cyclops, Bearded Ladies, Count Smokula, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic, Unicorn Palace, Man as Giraffe, Heuristicus, The Butler, Recumbent Revolution, L.A. Derby Dolls, Let’s Paint and March TV, Zucchini Patrol, and Doo Dah’s 2018 Royals, among many others. Secret Santa, Doo Dah’s take on the North Pole icon, will close the conga line and ring in the holiday season. And… not a rose will be harmed in the making of this parade!

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


WHERE: Colorado Boulevard (between Altadena Dr. and San Gabriel Blvd.) in East Pasadena (start location: 2627 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107)

WHEN: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, Stepping off at 11:00AM

COST: Always free-of-charge ~ fun for all ages

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 and Uber or Lyft. Come early! Bring a lawn chair! Visit the local eateries, popular food trucks along the parade route, and buy a new Doo Dah t-shirt. Stick around for the after parties all within close 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, dancing, cheap food and drinks!! $5 cover (supports a Legion charity). Also host to QUEEN TRYOUTS Saturday, October 21 beginning around 5:00pm, more info to come your way.

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 famous Colorado Bar, located right next door at 2640 E. Colorado Blvd. will feature live bands, along with salty chips and drinks! 

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More History on the Doo Dah:

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 even highlighted in last year’s Wall Street Journal. It was also named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die. To recount the fascinating and confusing history of Pasadena Doo Dah Parade since 1978, please visit our website’s ARCHIVES page. Anyone wishing to participate as an entry visit our website for entry forms or call 626.590.1134.

Media Contact:

Patricia Hurley
Parade Organizer
626.590.1134 (media & entry calls)
626.590.7596 (public information)

Pony Baloney Express, 2017 photographer: Brian Biery


2018 Pasadena Doo Dah Queen


Doo Dah Queen Jenny Nielsen 

Believes in Fun and Activism

It was a lively queen’s caucus yesterday in East Pasadena to decide who would be crowned Queen of the 2018 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. Among a boisterous crowd of onlookers, Jennipha-Lauren Nielsen showed amped ability to have fun and also be committed to her community.

Queen Jennipha-Lauren loves that Doo Dah is a coming together of people from all different backgrounds. “Doo Dah is another great piece of Pasadena culture, it’s of the people and for the people; a place where diversity and creativity are well honored.”

As clued in as she is on fun, “Jenny” has a serious side too. She is co-founder and CEO of the One World Project, a community-based initiative focussed on providing programs and advocacy in an effort to address problematic global issues. Nielsen was also student body president at CalState L.A., and student representative for the CSULA Foundation, which provides community expertise, oversight and advocacy to fundraising efforts for higher learning.

Jenny is no stranger to royal accolades. She was crowned Miss California World in 2011, with a platform for funding higher learning, girls and minority education especially in STEM. She is currently an avid spokesperson for gender equality and disability rights.   

After crowning, she told Patricia Hurley, Parade Organizer, that she hopes to bring the group “Indivisible” into the parade for their first time.

A close contender this year was Steven Johnson who transformed into “Princess Covfefe.” He inspired judges and onlookers with his wit and talent, including a virtuous performance of Scott Joplin rags on the piano. He will join the royal court on Doo Dah Day!

The 41st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Sunday, November 18th, stepping off at 11:00am on the streets of East Pasadena. Entries are still invited! To enter the parade simply go to the website and get the entry form. Call for more information on how to enter (626) 590-1134.

Public Information Number: (626) 590-7596. Results from the tryouts are posted on the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade website.

Entry Forms and further information to be found on the website.

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cover photo by Terry Miller

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Here Comes the Other Queen This Sunday

WHEN: THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 28 at 3:00pm

WHERE: This year’s royal mayhem takes place at the American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., in Pasadena, CA. 91107 ~ (626) 792-9938  

WHAT’S HAPPENINGThe ‘Other’ Queen in Pasadena’s parade town will be selected at Tryouts this Sunday. Individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasions, will be testing their fate to become Queen of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. Contestants will face equally-costumed judges, who include many former queens, veteran parade entrants, tryout supporters and the curious public.

The town-hall setting with long tables in beer-fest style, hot sandwiches, “Calvin Banks and the Tellers,” and Doo Dah House Band, “New Astroturf,” will set the mood for the lively Queen selection caucus.

Previous candidates have included Count Smokula, Mr. Peculiar, Xexchron with Theramin, Sabrina the Stimulus Package, Rooby Breastnut, Dolla A Holla, Queen Vee, and Ms. Land & Ms. Sea. Last year, Judges selected Armond Anderson Bell, otherwise known as “Queen Imani Phoenix” who won over 30 judges hearts with her passion and Aretha Franklin impersonation.

HOW? Each Queen Hopeful will have but a few minutes to WOW the Judges. Microphone and drumroll, provided. They will be ready to show and tell us why they should be Queen, often accompanied by a ring of loyal hecklers! People can buy their way into being judges by purchasing two beers for the parade organizers!

LIVE MUSIC & MORE: Featuring two live bands, a command performance by Queen Imani, more former Queens, including, Naughty Mickie, Tequila Mockingbird, Queen Susann Edmonds, Queen Veronika MeowMeowz, goofball judges, prizes, cheap drinks, smoking patio, pool and big screen TV, and lots of dancing.


2:00 – Doors Open to the Public, Bands, Queen Hopefuls Check in

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Judges Take their Seats

3:45 – Tryouts Begin

7:00 pm – New Doo Dah Queen is Crowned!

Final Results & Pictures will immediately be posted on our social networks and website.


$5.00 Cover charge for all who enter

FREE to first 20 Queen Contestants to arrive!

FREE to Media with Badge


Entry Forms and further information to be found on the website.

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Even More Info on Queen Tryouts: Organizers 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 41st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Sunday, November 18th, stepping off at 11:00am on the streets of East Pasadena. To enter the parade simply go to the website and get the entry form. Call for more information on Tryouts or Entries (626) 590-1134. Public Information Number: (626) 590-7596. Results from the tryouts will be posted immediately on our social networks and website to follow.