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: Patricia HurleyParade Spokesperson: (626) 590-1134, Media and Entry Calls
Doo Dah Message Hotline: (626) 590-7596
email: hurleypanne@yahoo.com

2017 PRESS RELEASES

Doo Dah Parade SET TO ROLL THIS SUNDAY!

WHAT:  The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade celebrates 40 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena this Sunday, November 19th. On Doo Dah day, over 90 unique entries will be joining in the fun from all over Southern California.

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 eccentrics, disruptors, political pundits, lone wolves, and steam punks, comprising a legion of merrymakers.

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

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

The Parade loops along Colorado Boulevard, between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard, in East Pasadena.

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

 MORE INFO: This year’s lineup includes The Billionaires, Danse Macabre, The Eye, Bildge Rat, Flying Baby Homerun Border Crossing, The Aloha Oy Vey Ukelele Marching Band, Radioactive Chickenheads, Dr. Steele’s Army of Toy Soldiers, Unicorns with Palace, L.A. Derby Dolls, Kilt Brigade, Cyclops, Free Thought Society, Let’s Paint and March TV!, Saucer from Bakersfield, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic Sword Swallower, Trashion Show, Kid Swap, Pony Baloney Express, Fish Tank Dress, Black Sabbitch, Count Smokula, Lady DJ Sparkle Pony, Howdy Krishna, The Butler, The World’s Tallest Girl Scout, Recumbent Revolution, DubRobot, Doo Dah’s 2017 Queen Imani and Grand Marshal Marty Coleman, 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. Take a city bus 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: (2636 E. Colorado Blvd.) Include Street Tamales, Rice Balls o’ Fire, Mr Softy’s Ice Cream and The Deli Doctor. They will be located next to Poo Bah Record Shop. 

OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY: (179 N. Vinedo St.) American Legion Post 280, just 2 blocks north of Parade, immediately following the event. New Astroturf, more live bands, Doo Dah Royalty, 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 DJ at 2636 E. Colorado Blvd., 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! Plate 38, hosts Queen Imani for lunch immediately following the parade at 2631 E. Colorado Blvd at Sierra Madre Blvd.

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

Photos Available Upon Request

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Marty Coleman

2017 Grand Marshal Marty Coleman, photo by Julie Klima Casey

Marty Coleman Will Lead the 40th pasadena doo dah parade as grand marshal

This year’s parade organizers selected a Grand Marshal who is revered by many in the greater Pasadena community. 86-year-old Marty Coleman will lead the unique event down Colorado Boulevard in East Pasadena as it celebrates another benchmark year. The Parade is proud to honor 86-year-old Coleman, whose legacy of social activism has inspired so many others to follow in her path.

Years ago, Marty Coleman was a well-heeled housewife who enjoyed  carefree living in the hills of La Canada. After her husband died in 1979 she felt she had to find a new purpose in her life. A change came when she was invited to a talk at her church about nuclear weapons. “I was, actually, mortified that I was the only one who didn’t know what was going on in the world,” admits Marty.

Marty soon embarked on a journey of learning and influencing others that continues to this day. She became the outreach director for the Inter-Faith Center at All Saints Church. In this post, she travelled all over Los Angeles sharing views with those of every religion about the dangers of the arms race.

Her work with the center even aroused the attention of Europeans. That’s when Marty joined a group promoting Enduring Peace with international activists. Together, they decided to get a boat and go from Odessa, Soviet Union, travelling from village-to-village, sharing views with the locals. The delegation was even invited to the Kremlin and Marty personally spoke to Gorbachev about their cause.

Back home, Marty served on staff for the Peace & Justice Ministry and launched “Sustainable World” dedicated to achieving social justice on many fronts. Marty also founded “Conscientious Projector,” which uses documentary film as a platform to discuss relevant issues. It’s been going strong for fifteen years in Pasadena.

“I want to live to be 105 years old,” she says, “because I have that much more work to do. In this era of unusual crises in politics, it’s become even more important that we respond with resilience and passion in our community.”

Why Doo Dah? “The Parade has a reputation of being risque’ and terribly funny – a lampoon on more corporate parades. I think it’s a wonderful place to build camaraderie among people in a year of arguments and disagreements,” asserts this year’s Grand Marshal. “I’m honored and excited to have a jolly good time with my fellow community members and help pass the torch to the next generations.”

More Info on the Parade: 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. The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade 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 convoluted history of Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, please visit our website’s ARCHIVES page.

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 HOW TO ENTER at (626) 590-1134.

Public Information Number: (626) 590-7596.

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

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Doo Dah Queen Imani Phoenix

2017 Doo Dah Queen Imani, photo by Terry Miller

Queen Imani Phoenix will reign over 40th Doo Dah!

Over twenty-five judges gathered in East Pasadena this weekend and decided who would become this year’s Queen of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. Among a boisterous crowd of onlookers and typically atypical cast of royal hopefuls, Imani Phoenix wowed everyone over with her inspirational story and vivacious Aretha Franklin impersonation.

Imani Phoenix was born Armond Anderson-Bell in a South Central L.A. neighborhood where gang violence was reaching an all-time high. “This was a place where being different wasn’t just a challenge, it was almost impossible.” Not only that, Armond’s home life presented him with equal difficulties. It was a hyper-masculine environment led by his father who was an auto mechanic and uncle who had played with the Buffalo Bills.

In those days, the only options for a young black man was to play sports or become a rapper. Instead, Armond reverted to books and education to quietly move his life forward. Then at fifteen years old, he made the decision to come out of the closet. He was ready for anything. But, instead of rejecting him, his family encouraged him to emerge as a proud black man and he took that to heart.

As a young adult, Armond moved to Silverlake and joined “Project Ten,” an organization dedicated to creating acceptance for gay high schoolers. Many of his peers were still insecure with going public. But Armond believed it was important to act boldly. He did so and was even highlighted in The Advocate magazine. In 1996, he was selected to go to Sacramento and statewide college campuses as the youngest board member of “Models of Pride.” They were among those responsible for the passage of AB 101 which struck a blow to discrimination of gays in high school.

As a 38-year-old community activist, the current Doo Dah Queen works with numerous nonprofit organizations and initiatives which advocate for LGBT and others’ rights. Queen Imani says “I once had people in my life love me when I didn’t even love myself. Now I’m truly blessed because “I’m not only supported by gay blacks, I’m supported by whites, straights and the broader community.”

Queen Imani has known about the Doo Dah Parade for a long time. Last year he came to see the unique event because he loved the idea of satire and people stepping outside of their comfort zones. Watching from the sidelines, someone in the parade caught his colorful outfit and asked him to join his float. He did so. “When I tried out for Queen, I was just hoping someone would recognize my spark. And I believe in order to wear a crown you have to have gone through something and learn humility. I take it seriously. That’s why I’m honored and thrilled to serve as this year’s Doo Dah Queen.”

More Info on the Parade and 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 HOW TO ENTER at (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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