MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL NEED A MEDIA STICKER AT ENTRY CHECK-IN AT:
73 N. VINEDO ST., PASADENA 91107
Media Contact: Patricia Hurley, Parade Spokesperson: (626) 590-1134, Media and Entry Calls
Doo Dah Message Hotline: (626) 590-7596
2017 PRESS RELEASE
Doo Dah Parade SERVES UP KICKS ON ROUTE 66
The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will celebrate 40 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The 2017 Parade takes place on Sunday, November 19th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard, the original Route 66.
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, Bildge Rat, Code Blue DeFibs, The Addams Family, Flying Baby Homerun Border Crossing, Nordic Men, Radioactive Chickenheads, Toaster Car, Motorized Furniture, The Army of Toy Soldiers, Tortilla Target, The Billionaires, Free Thought Society, Unich Band, Car-Pool DeVille, Bearded Ladies, Yiddish Dracula, Drunk in the Garage Band, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic, Crimebo the Clown, Man as Giraffe, Heuristicus, The Butler, Recumbent Revolution, Circuit Benders, Zucchini Patrol, and Doo Dah’s 2017 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!
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 40TH OCCASIONAL PASADENA DOO DAH PARADE
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 19th, 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 2, beginning around 5:00pm. More info coming 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!
For more information go to: http://www.pasadenadoodahparade.info
Photos Available Upon Request
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Time to Pick a New Doo Dah Queen
WHEN/WHERE: On Saturday, October 21st, Royal mayhem takes place at the American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., in Pasadena, CA. 91107.
WHAT’S HAPPENING: Individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasions, including a dog, will be testing their fate to become queen. Contestants are usually outnumbered by equally-costumed judges, who include many former queens, and veteran parade entrants, tryout supporters and the curious public. The town-hall setting with long tables in beer-fest style, roast beef sandwiches, and Doo Dah House Band, “New Astroturf,” will set the mood for the lively caucus.
Among those who have perennially tried out are, Count Smokula, Santa’s Bad Elf, the Swami from El Monte, Sabrina the Stimulus Package, Miss Boy Frances and former Queen Eric(a) Valentine with his searing guitar licks. Last year, Judges selected Meg Cole, otherwise known as “Ruby Chard,” who won over 30 judges with her lifetime devotion to Doo Dah, and a rap doo-op with musical back up from the “FungGuys.”
Other favorite contestants have included Henry the Pampered Pooch and Princess Heather, Kelly Xexchron playing a theramin, Roobie Breastnut, Ms. Pin Up, Hillary, The Recorder Guy, Miss One Dolla Holla, Whistling Diva, Wonder Woman, The Wandering Marionettes, Red Rosie, Weenie Slinger, and the amazing Jezzelynn dancing to acid rock on stilts.
HOW? Each Queen Hopeful will have three minutes to WOW the Judges. Microphone and boom box, even drumroll, provided. They will be ready to show us 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!
Featuring: Live Bands, Many former Queens, including, Naughty Mickie, Tequila Mockingbird, Queen Susann Edmonds, 2015 Queen Veronika MeowMeowz, 2017 Queen Ruby Chard, Goofball Judges, Prizes, Cheap drinks, Smoking Patio, Pool and Big Screen TV! AND Lots of Dancing!
Saturday, October 21st
2:00 – Doors Open to the Public, Bands
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Arrival of Queen Hopefuls and Judges
5:45-8:00 pm – Tryouts Duration
8:15-8:30 (approximately) – 2017 Doo Dah Queen is Crowned!
Sunday: Final Results & Pictures will be posted on our website: www.pasadenadoodahparade.info
$5.00 Cover charge for all who enter
FREE to first 20 Queen Contestants to arrive!
FREE to Media with Badge
Ample free parking in the area
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 40th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Sunday, November 19th, 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 on the official website the morning after.
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:
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.