Press Release



For Immediate Release: 

July 28, 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 will 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, mutant art cars, lone wolves, steam punks, makers and merrymakers.

Entries will include the Nut Camp, Kinetic Pastry Science Mobile Muffins, Code Blue DeFibs, The New Partridge Family, Flying Baby Naptime Aerials, Nordic Men and Viking Ship, Toaster Car, Fashion on the Fly, Sign Spinners, Motorized Furniture, The Army of Toy Soldiers, beer boosting rockers Drunk in the Garage, Tortilla Target, The Billionaires, Free Thought Society, Unich Band, Car-Pool DeVille, Bearded Ladies, Yiddish Dracula, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic, Man as Giraffe, Recumbent Revolution, Zucchini Patrol, Doo Dah’s 2016 Royals, and legendary Doo Dah house band Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, 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!


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.

Official Doo Dah After-Party: American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks from Parade at Vinedo & Walnut) immediately following the event. Snotty Scotty and the Hankies and Horses on Astroturf 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 Drunk-in-the-Garage, along with salty chips and drinks!

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Gil Gex as Jimi Hendrix Photo by Terry Miller

Gil Gex as Jimi Hendrix Photo by Terry Miller