Coronation time!

 “In case the queen cannot fulfill her duties,” Queen Tequila draws it out, “the first runner-up will assume the throne.”

Queen Erika and Queen Tequila together, “The first runner-up is Erica!”

He grabs me in a hug as I jump up and down screaming and laughing. I don’t believe this. I feel faint. Oh no, I’m going to cry and ruin my makeup.

They’re placing the crown on my head and a huge scepter in my arms.

“Announcing Queen Naughty Mickie, Queen of the 31st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade,” someone says.


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Everyone is cheering and I’m pulled down off the stage and the media crowds around me shoving microphones and cameras into my face.

“How do you feel?”

“What will you do now?”

“Did you really audition seven times?”

No time to try to compose myself, I try to blurt out intelligent and witty answers… And remember to smile (Hey, I want to look pretty on TV, wouldn’t you?)

They finally let me go and I make my way outside away from the noise to make my first regal phone call.

“Hello, mom. I won! I’m the queen!”

“That’s nice dear,” she says. “Tell your brother.”

“Hello,” Jason answers.


“I won! I’m the Doo Dah Queen!”


“Great,” he replies. “I guess that means we have to go to the parade this year.”

Gee, after so many auditions, you’d think my family would be more excited.

“Watch the news tonight,” I tell him and hang up.

Most of the media and the crowd are gone. I sit in a folding chair sipping water and watching the staff clean up.

Valerie looks at me sorta weird, “Hey, did you know that your crown is on upside down?”

Welcome to Doo Dah.


31st Annual Pasadena Doo Dah Queen Try-Outs EXTRAS!

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Both by San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group Staff Photographer Sarah Reingewirtz



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