Press Release

Media Contact:
Patricia Hurley, Parade Organizer
(626) 590-1134 cell
hurleypanne@yaho..com

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Caltech’s Seismo Sue and Her Seismo Sistahs Will Lead Pasadena Doo Dah Parade as Grand Marshals

(Nov. 12, 2019 – Pasadena, CA) Susan Hough, seismologist at the United States Geological Survey in Pasadena, and “Earthquake Response Coordinator” of the office on the Caltech campus is now taking charge with her seismologist sisters as the 2019 Doo Dah Parade Grand Marshals. The parade takes place on Sunday, November 24th, in East Pasadena, stepping off at 11:00am.

Elizabeth Cochran (USGS seismologist), Christine Goulet (USC, engineering seismologist), Voon Hui Lai (Caltech graduate student), Caleste Labedz (Caltech graduate student), Susan Owen (JPL, geophysicist), and Kate Scharer (USGS geologist) join Hough to bring the shake, rattle and roll to Doo Dah. Each of these women have significantly contributed to the advances in the understanding of earthquakes and earthquake preparedness.

Hough remembers attending the Doo Dah parade some years ago. She remembers in particular an entry that catapulted cooked hot dogs from bazookas. This was the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, a perennial Doo Dah Parade favorite (and 2005 Grand Marshals) until they retired.

How does Hough regard being Doo Dah Grand Marshal when she opines on the richness and importance of her research and work as a seismologist? “I thought I’d experienced the epitome of my career… until I was asked to be a Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Grand Marshal.”

Tom Coston, of Light Bringer Project, producers of the parade, says “It’s terrific to welcome the Seismo Sue and Her Seismo Sistahs to the Doo Dah Parade this year. It’s a great thing that Caltech and seismology are such a big part of our local culture. They’re not only a brilliant group of women, they know how to have fun! It’s great to celebrate their achievements at Doo Dah!

More Info on our Grand Marshal:

In 1992, Hough arrived in Pasadena, long the epicenter of the study of and innovation in regard to geophysical research. The world renowned Caltech Seismological Laboratory – more commonly known as the Seismo Lab – was established in 1921 by Harry Wood. Wood and John Anderson developed a torsion seismometer that became the standard for earthquake recording – hundreds of them still in regular use today – and the first local seismic network was developed around Southern California. Charles Richter arrived at the Seismo Lab in 1927. Everyone knows that name because the Richter scale was the first-ever scale to measure the size of earthquakes. What most people don’t know, and Susan informed us, is that Violet Taylor was instrumental during that period, running the Seismo Lab and training students. Women have greatly contributed to earthquake science, including our beloved Earthquake Lady Kate Hutton and Dr. Lucy Jones. Hough said early on in her career, she was often the only woman in a sea of men. Now the women at the USGS office here in Pasadena sometimes suggest (joke) that they should increase the office diversity and hire more men.

Susan was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley when she began to thumb through the massive old-school “dead tree” catalogue, wondering where to put her focus. She passed over anthropology and archeology and landed on geology and geophysics. The primary reason? Hough said she was drawn to a “relevant” science.

After the Loma Prieta or “Word Series” earthquake on October 17, 1989, Hough would personally experience how relevant this research could be. The magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the Bay Area and a 1.25-mile segment of the two-level Cypress Street Viaduct collapsed. Hough led a team, setting seisometers around the collapsed freeway to record aftershocks. Parts of the Bay Area are hard rock hills, but around the Bay has what is called Bay mud, thick deposits of soft, unconsolidated silty day. As Hough sat with a geology map, regarding the section where the freeway collapsed and considering the seismic data, Hough realized and determined that it was the Bay mud that led to the freeway collapse. The local geology caused the freeway to collapse, a nugget of information to be applied to future city and personal planning. Relevance!

Hough acknowledges the rolling out of the earthquake early warning system is a good advance. She also adds, “Don’t count on an early warning to save your butts.” Buildings and their contents still have to withstand shaking even if people get a heads’ up that it’s coming.

What’s more, Seismo Sue and the Seismo Sistahs have a message. Think lightning and thunder. Lightning strikes and we see it because light travels faster than sound. Soon we hear the “boom!” The farther you are from the lightning, the longer it will take to hear the thunder. Hough tells us that seismic waves move approximately at the speed of sound ( 343 m/s), so if you are closer to the epicenter of an earthquake, even if you are connected to the early warning system, you will have little or no time to prepare. This means that it is vital to prepare, to think about future earthquakes, realize they are inevitable, and take action now. The Seismo Sistahs want you to earthquake-proof your living space: secure bookshelves, heavy paintings, armoires, grandfather clocks, and even pipes and the hot water heater. Additionally, stash enough drinking water and food to sustain you for several days. The message in a nutshell? “You can’t get away from the need for earthquake preparedness.”

About the Parade:

The 42nd Occasional Doo Dah Parade will be held Sunday, November 24, stepping off at 11:00am on the streets of East Pasadena. As always, the event is free and spectators are encouraged to bring a lawn chair!

Public Information Hotline 24/7: (626) 590-7596

For entry forms and other information, visit PasadenaDooDahParade.info or Facebook at PasadenaDooDahParade.

The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is owned and produced by Light Bringer Project, a nonprofit arts organization based in Pasadena, CA.

 Photos Available Upon Request

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Susan Hough, aka Seismo Sue, and her Seismo Sisters will lead the parade as the 2019 Pasadena Doo Dah Grand Marshals.

PRESS RELEASE: ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2019 GRAND MARSHALS PDF

 

Media Contact:
Patricia Hurley, Parade Organizer
(626) 590-1134 cell
hurleypanne@yaho..com

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Jesselynn Desmond will reign over the 42ndPasadena Doo Dah Parade!

(Oct. 21, 2019 – Pasadena, CA) When the judges gathered for the selection of this year’s Doo Dah Queen they had quite a job on their hands. Last year’s reigning Queen Jennipha had raised the bar as a local and even global activist. She is CEO and co-founder of the One World Project, a community-based initiative focused on providing programs and advocacy in an effort to address problematic social issues. When all was said and done, the bar remained high as Jesselynn Desmond was bequeathed the 2019 royal crown.

Queen Jesselynn will reign over the 2019 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, which takes place in East Pasadena on Sunday, November 24thstepping off at 11:00am. The new Doo Dah Queen is a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has been acting since the age of three. She’s acted in TV shows, indie films, voice over animation, and theatrical productions. Desmond is an original member of the fantastical, surreal, and interactive Lucent Dossier Experience and for the last 12 years has performed with the company around the world.

Doo Dah Queens also come with some unpredictable skills. Jesselynn has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as the country’s loudest screaming football fan. Really! Apparently a 22-year-old student and UCLA fan won the right to be known as ‘America’s Loudest College Football Fan’ in an officially staged contest. She outshouted 12 others at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., with her voice registering 111 decibels! An aside: a chainsaw or rock concert hits 110 decibels. Desmond was thrilled when the Queen announcement was made, but withheld evidence of her formidable shouting ability.

Jesselynn says she’s “driven by a desire to touch the human spirit and inspire change and growth.” Given its open, accessible nature, she sees the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade as an ideal fit. “I’m proud to be part of an event that brings the community out to share a good time, happiness and friendship,” she adds. Parade Organizer Tom Coston also sees Jesselynn’s role coming at a perfect time for both the event and our anxious social climate. “Jesselynn has established an awesome reputation as a performing artist and models our focus on art and culture as a unifying, inspiring force in our lives.”

More Queen Tryout Info:

Worlds collided and mixed seamlessly at the Doo Dah Queen tryouts yesterday evening at the American Legion Post 280 in East Pasadena.  Surrounded by the photos of military men going back to the 1920s, people filtered in for an evening of the fun, silly, wacky, as well as the opinionated, declarative, and emotional – along with musical interludes, cheap drinks, and chili dogs. They came dressed in feathers, shells, fishnets stockings, tutus, jester leggings, a tie-dye ensemble with rainbow-striped faux fur boots, and a pirate hat paired with a Mandarin jacket. A mermaid skirt glittered, a turquoise halter top jangled with gold coins, and there was even an outfit daringly made out of bubble wrap, topped off with a black bow tie. Several head dressings and queen contender-wear even lit up.

“Elton John” MC-ed the event dressed to the hilt in a head-to-toe white ensemble complete with abundantly feathery wings and platform boots. His one ode to color: oversized, pink-jeweled sunglasses. The Doo Dah Queen (and King) Hopefuls steadily took to the stage and performed for the judges and assembled onlookers. The competition was tough, the judges questioning the Hopefuls, until the last had performed and ballots were submitted. Honorable mention went to Marni Angel who moved the judges with her powerful, emotional stand against bullying and a message for people to realize they are beautiful in all their shapes and sizes. Third runner-up was awarded to the indomitable Ellen Snortland: political and women’s rights activist, filmmaker, author, and columnist for the Pasadena Weekly. Second runner-up was imparted to ‘Queen Sparrow of Dena’ Mackenzie Delgado who sang while strumming her ukelele, serenading the judges and crowd with her message of acceptance (and colorful language!).

In the end, Jesselynn Desmond roller-skated onto stage with her little dog Cellphone tucked into her arm – a vision in rainbow stockings and a red dress popping out from beneath a black and white print over-dress cinched in with a 4-inch black belt. She regaled the crowd with her view of life as an oracle and her passion for humanity, winning over the majority of the judges.

Even More Info: 

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.

About the Parade:

The 42nd Occasional Doo Dah Parade will be held Sunday, November 24, stepping off at 11:00am on the streets of East Pasadena. As always, the event is free and spectators are encouraged to bring a lawn chair!

Public Information: (626) 590-1134. Results of the tryouts and other fun photos from the evening are posted on the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade website.

For entry forms and other information, visit PasadenaDooDahParade.info or Facebook at PasadenaDooDahParade.

The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is owned and produced by Light Bringer Project, a nonprofit arts organization based in Pasadena, CA.

Photographs are Available Upon Request.

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Queen Jesselynn Desmond crowned at the American Legion with former Doo Dah Queens Jennipha, Susann, and Narayana. Oh, and Jesselynn’s dog Cellphone.

PRESS RELEASE: ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2019 DOO DAH QUEEN PDF

 

 

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

73 N. VINEDO ST., PASADENA 91107

MEDIA ALERT

Media Contact: Patricia HurleyParade Spokesperson: 626-590-1134, Media and Entry Calls
Doo Dah Public Info Hotline: 626-590-7596
email: hurleypanne@yahoo.com

Doo Dah Parade Cuts Loose in East Pasadena!

(September 20, Pasadena CA) The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade celebrates 42 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24. On Doo Dah day, more than a thousand participants will be joining in the fun from all over Southern California.

Over 90 entries, including zany art cars and floats, eccentrics, disruptors, political pundits, artists, lone wolves and steam punks, will accompany a legion of revelers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets. In fact, this year’s parade features the more new entries than ever before!

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. Official address: 2627 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

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

MORE INFO: This year’s lineups includes LuluBob Space Shuttle, Wisdom Arts Lab. Howdy Krishna, Flying Baby Field Goal, Professor Pigeon’s Flying Library, Radioactive Chickenheads, Dr. Steele’s Army of Toy Soldiers, Unicorns with Palaces, L.A. Derby Dolls, Nintendo Kids, Free Thought Society, Bearded Ladies, Saucer from Bakersfield, Titanic, Mister Clops, Gay Chefs, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic Sword Swallower, Trashion Show, The World’s Tallest Girl Scout, Sneaky Haircuts, Devilicious, Honeybee and the Paddlewheel, Recumbent Revolution, Clown Doctors from Outer Space, and the 2019 Doo Dah Queen (Queen tryouts on October 20!) and Grand Marshal, 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!

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.

PARKING: Plenty of easy street parking is available. Parade route is 1 mile west of the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station. City busses go directly to the area. Call Uber or take a Metro bike!

MEDIA PARKING: MEDIA VEHICLES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARK ON STREETS ADJACENT TO THE COLORADO BOULEVARD PARADE ROUTE FOR EASY ACCESS.

MEDIA STICKERS SHOULD BE OBTAINED IN THE PARADE STAGING AREA AT 79 N. VINEDO AVENUE, PASADENA, CA 91107 (1 block North of Denny’s Restaurant).

FOOD TRUCKS will be located on Virginia Avenue next to Poo Bah records (at 2636 E. Colorado Blvd.).

OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY: American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks  North of Parade)) immediately following the event. New Astroturf, more live bands, dancing, cheap food and drinks!! $3 cover.

UNOFFICIAL DOO DAH AFTER-PARTIES:

PooBah Records, one of Pasadena’s favorite independent music stores, will feature live in-store performance and DJ 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! 

The 9th Annual After Party at MEOWMEOWZ! is happening at 2423 E. Colorado Blvd., featuring the Radioactive chicken heads and Count Smokula. Free and all ages welcome! Starts directly after the parade.

Old Towne Pub, The Sooper Dooper Unofficial Doo Dah After Party at 22 E. Holly Street serving craft beers, 3 bands and raucous fun in Old Town Pasadena.

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

Photos Available Upon Request

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Pony Baloney Express, 2017 photographer: Brian Biery

Doo Dah Grand Marshal Jamie Woolner

NEWLY MINTED LOCAL HERO NAMED GRAND MARSHAL of SUNDAY’S DOO DAH

Read the Pasadena Now article.

2018 Pasadena Doo Dah Queen

PASADENA, CA, OCTOBER 29, 2018

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.

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

http://www.facebook.com/PasadenaDooDahParade

Pictures Available Upon Request

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cover photo by Terry Miller

Download Press Release in PDF.

 

PASADENA, CA, OCTOBER 25, 2018

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.

SCHEDULE:

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.

COST:

$5.00 Cover charge for all who enter

FREE to first 20 Queen Contestants to arrive!

FREE to Media with Badge

PLENTY OF AMPLE FREE PARKING!!

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

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

http://www.facebook.com/PasadenaDooDahParade

Pictures Available Upon Request

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Download Press Release in PDF.

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.

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