Press Release

MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL NEED A MEDIA STICKER AT ENTRY CHECK-IN AT:

73 N. VINEDO ST., PASADENA 91107

MEDIA ALERT

Media Contact:     Saturday, 11/19/16
Patricia Hurley
Parade Spokesperson: (626) 590-1134 cell
Doo Dah Message Hotline: (626) 590-7596
email: hurleypanne@yahoo.com

Doo Dah Parade Lands in Pasadena this Sunday!

WHAT: The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade celebrates 39 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena tomorrow, Sunday, November 20th. On Doo Dah day, over 85 unique entries will be joining in the fun from all over Southern California.

This year’s parade and after party is dedicated to the infamous local band hero, John Scott (“Snotty Scotty”) Finnell, who led every Doo Dah Parade.

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, political pundits, lone wolves, steam punks, makers and merrymakers.

WHEN: Doo Dah steps off at 11am. Immediately following the event, many after-parties will take place in the Parade vicinity.

WHERE: The Parade loops along Colorado Boulevard, between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard, in East Pasadena. (Start location is 2627 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107).

COST: The event is always free-of-charge to the public!

MORE INFO: Entries will include Dub Robot, the Riot Dance Troupe, The Munster Coach, Flying Baby SeeSaw Acrobatics, Star Trek for Space, Shakti Circus, Radioactive Chickenheads, Dr. Steele, Dadass and the Namastang, Heuristicus, Bearded Ladies Brigade, Erector Set Man, Count Smokula, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic Sword Swallower, Big Banana Car, Recumbent Revolution, The Boob Mobile, Coast to Coast Critters, Devillicious, The Bilge Rat, Uncle Fester and Thing, Drill for Peace and Leisure, L.A. Derby Dolls, Chicken Boat Float-Route 66, Shooting Gallery, Blues Brothers Tribute, World’s Tallest Girl Scout, School of Rock, Flying Saucers from Bakersfield, NOWMAN, 60 is the new 10, Stand Up Bus, Doo Dah’s 2016 Royal Queen Ruby Chard, and Grand Marshals Scott and Lori Webster, among many others. Secret Santa, Doo Dah’s take on the North Pole icon, will close the parade 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!

EVEN MORE INFO: 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.

MEDIA PARKING: Media vehicles may park for free on the perimeters of the parade route. Street closure on the parade route is at 10:00AM. Please come for a media sticker to the check-in table in the staging area at 73 N. Vinedo Ave. Pasadena, CA 91107. This allows access to the street to freely photograph.

AUDIENCE PARKING: Plenty of free street parking is available on Walnut St. Parade route is just west of the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station (at Colorado Blvd. and Sierra Madre Villa). City busses go directly to the area. Call Uber or a cab.

FOOD TRUCKS: Located off the parade route next door to Poo Bah Records (2636 E. Colorado Blvd.) include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Arturo’s Taco Truck, Big Nash Ice Cream Truck, and Ahimsa Caravan Café (coffees).

OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY: American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks from Parade at Vinedo & Walnut) immediately following the event. New Astroturf and Queen Ruby Chard & the FunGuys, dancing, cheap food and drinks!! $3 cover.

MORE DOO DAH AFTER-PARTIES:
PooBah Records, one of Pasadena’s favorite independent music stores, will feature live in-store DJ with real records. 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! No cover charge.

MEOWMEOWZ! Retro 80’s Thrift Shop at 2423 E. Colorado Blvd. just a block west of the parade route. Live bands including Radio Active Chicken Heads, treats, concert ticket giveaways, free and all ages welcome! Last year’s Queen Veronika, owner.

For Immediate Release: 

November 9, 2016

Contact: Patricia Hurley (626) 590-1134, Parade Organizer

(626) 590-7596 Public Info Line

Doo Dah Parade Brings Laughs in Buckets

The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is set to celebrate 39 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The 2016 Parade takes place on Sunday, November 20th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard.

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, lone wolves, steam punks, makers and merrymakers.

Entries will include the Nut Camp, Kinetic Pastry Science Mobile Muffins, Code Blue DeFibs, The Munster Coach, Flying Baby SeeSaw Acrobatics, Star Trek for Space, Toaster Car, Sign Spinners, Motorized Furniture, Dr. Steele’s Army of Toy Soldiers, The Billionaires, Free Thought Society, Unich Band, Car-Pool DeVille, Heuristicus, Bearded Ladies, Yiddish Dracula, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic, Man as Giraffe, Recumbent Revolution, Roobie Breastnut, Coast to Coast Critters, Stand Up Bus, L.A. Derby Dolls, Juan Pollo Chicken Boat Float-Route 66, Blues Brothers Tribute, School of Rock, Doo Dah’s 2016 Royal Queen Mimi MarGo-Go, and Grand Marshals Scott and Lori Webster, among many others. Secret Santa, Doo Dah’s take on the North Pole icon, will close the parade 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!

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 visit our website or call!

WHAT: The 39TH OCCASIONAL PASADENA DOO DAH PARADE

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

WHEN: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, Stepping off at 11:00AM

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. Call Uber or a cab.

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.

Food Trucks: Located off the parade route next door to Poo Bah records (at 2636 E. Colorado Blvd.) include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Arturo’s Taco Truck, and Big Nash Ice Cream Truck.

Official Doo Dah After-Party: American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks from Parade at Vinedo & Walnut) immediately following the event. New Astroturf and Queen Mimi MarGo-Go and the FunGuys live bands, dancing, cheap food and drinks!! $5 cover (supports a Legion charity).

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! 

MEOWMEOWZ! Retro 80’s Thrift Shop at 2423 E. Colorado Blvd. just a block west of the parade route. Live music, treats, concert ticket giveaways, free and all ages welcome! Last year’s Queen Veronika, owner.

 

For more information go to: http://www.pasadenadoodahparade.info

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Crowning of Queen Mimi MarGo-Go (Meg Cole). Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG

Crowning of Queen Mimi MarGo-Go (Meg Cole). Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG

Scott and Lori Elliott Webster

Grand Marshals Scott and Lori Elliott Webster

Gil Gex as Jimi Hendrix Photo by Terry Miller

Gil Gex as Jimi Hendrix Photo by Terry Miller

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

October 23, 2016

Contact: Patricia Hurley (626) 590-1134 (cell/text), Parade Organizer

Meg Cole is chosen Queen of the

39th Annual Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

In a packed caucus of this year’s Doo Dah Queen Tryouts, Malibu resident with an avid interest in landscaping, ecology, water conservation, and all things Doo Dah, was selected to reign as this year’s parade monarch. The new queen won over 30 judges with her rap performance with a doo-wop twist. She tried out with her band of followers as Ruby Chard and the FungGuys.

Meg Cole has been in every Doo Dah Parade going back to 1978. She was a good friend of Snotty Scotty and the band (Snotty Scotty & The Hankies) through all those years. All agreed she was a most fitting choice for queen as we celebrate the life of John Scott Finnell, a beloved musician, bandleader and showman who passed away this month.

Upon receiving the royal nod, Meg appreciated the artistry in her crown, with images of Snotty Scotty and his guitar all over it. She said “I was having so many warm memories all over the place. It makes me so happy.”

Many more Queen Hopefuls threw their hats in the ring and provided hours of raucous entertainment to the audience packing into the American Legion hall. These include 1st Runner up – Crystal Lightner, “Crystal The Undecided,” 2nd Runners up Tie – Henry the Pampered Pooch and Princess Heather, tied with Marnie Angel Brown, “Angel the Weenie Slinger,” 3rd Runner up – Kelly Weber, “Kelly Xexchron.” Other contestants included The Recorder Guy, Hot Devil, Hillary, Ms. Pin-Up and Ms. Lizard Route 66, Mark Mars, BANE, among others.

All the Queen contestants will be seen again as part of the Queen’s Royal Court at the 39th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade taking place on Sunday, November 20th in East Pasadena. The Parade, known as the twisted sister of Pasadena’s more traditional Rose Parade, steps off at 11am, is always free-of-charge to the public.

For more details on the parade and the new queen, please contact Patricia Hurley, Light Bringer Project at (626) 590-1134.

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Media and Entries: (626) 590-1134 

Parade Info Line: (626) 590-7596

39th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!

Sunday, November 20th, 11:00am

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

www.pasadenadoodahparade.info

www.facebook.com/PasadenaDooDahParade

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

November 2, 2016

Contact: Patricia Hurley (626) 590-1134 (cell/text), Parade Organizer

Altadenans Scott and Lori Webster will serve as Grand Marshals of the 39th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade! 

The Doo Dah Parade has been known to honor local heroes in the community as its Grand Marshal. This year’s pick, Scott and Lori Webster, is no exception. Scott’s family have been retailers in Altadena since the early 1920s, founding Webster’s of Altadena, a multi-department store that that served local consumers for 87 years. As a partner in life and business, Lori Webster has specialized in promoting ecologically responsible and fair trade products and the creative works of local artisans. Although the Webster family sold the land and businesses, the pharmacy is still there and bears their name.

Having to compete with national chains in a struggling economy, Scott and Lori proudly espoused the “shop local movement” in support of small business owners and better neighborhood relations. Overcoming many odds, they continued the Webster legacy with Hoopla! Emporium, an eclectic neighborhood boutique that sources most of their products locally and fulfills their vision of supporting community artists.

Scott and Lori’s commitment to their community doesn’t end with local consumers and opportunities for artisans. They have an active interest in youth and education and have volunteered their help and mentorship to many community-based efforts. In fact, Scott is an alumni of John Muir High School, located not very far from Hoopla! Emporium.

The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is proud to have the Websters lead the legendary event which will roll into East Pasadena on Sunday, November 20th at 11:00am. “They are truly remarkable people who are independent of spirit and perfectly well represent Doo Dah’s homegrown nature and sense of comraderie,” says Tom Coston, President of Light Bringer Project, the nonprofit who operates the Parade.

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