It’s Doo Dah time~ where’s my dress?!

I have opened the big closet door and been rumaging through my rows of Regal clothes to find the just-right outfit to judge the Pasadena Doo Dah queen tryouts Sunday. You can’t wear just any old thing, it has to be the perfect old thing… or new thing… or mixture of things.


The attire for my Royal outtings usually falls in the latter category and often reflects my love of dance and music.. and bold colors, as the correct hue for the occasion is also a must.


I’m sure I can pull together something suitable, but what about you?


Will you be fit to be seen by former Doo Dah queens or to try to become the 2012 queen yourself?


Find out by coming to the tryouts and party 3 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion in Pasadena (see posts below for details).


 And don’t be shy~  ask me what I think of your attire and tell me what you think of mine!

Ann Erdman named Doo Dah Parade Grand Marshal




Ann Erdman, soon-to-be retired Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. Erdman marks her 18th year of service in the City’s Public Affairs Office after coming from Palm Springs where she served under then Mayor Sonny Bono.


Ann has been a part of the Doo Dah experience for years. In 1996, she spontaneously became the event’s “official” pace car when, stricken with a case of walking pneumonia, she led the Parade in a hastily decorated wheelchair. Since then she has led marchers as a flower child, a motorcycle mama, baby in a giant high chair, Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, captain of industry, and Elvis. Ann would never know how she would be costumed until just minutes before the parade rolled.


Upon being notified of her selection, Ann was literally speechless then uttered, “Oh my God!” several times. Recently, Ann was given a surprise opportunity by friends to ride on the Kiwanis float of the ‘Other Parade’ and said she was every bit as floored when Doo Dah came calling. “This is a wonderful way to celebrate as I wind down my career!” she said. “Our city considers itself artistically rich, and Doo Dah proves that the arts don’t have to be stuffy to matter!”


Parade organizer Tom Coston says Erdman has all the qualities a Doo Grand Marshal should possess. “If there’s anyone who walks to the beat of her own drum and appreciates a good laugh-it’s Ann!” he explains.The new Grand Marshal will lead hundreds of Doo Dah marchers and revelers on Saturday, April 28th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena. The Doo Dah Parade actually makes a loop on Colorado Boulevard and is the first parade in the country to move in opposite directions at the same time!


Last year, dozens of inventive, if zany, art cars and floats accompanied a legion of frolickers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets, including many first-time entries like the League of Steam, Machina Candeo, Conehead Rocket Sled, Hippie Cream, Easy Acres Chicken Sitters, Wisdom Arts Laboratory, combined bands of the 35th Dragoon Guards, Mile High Bed, Cheesus Chrust Pizza Company, 2011 Queen Red Rosie, Balkan Brass Band, and the Ladies Auxiliary for Cultural Enrichment,



WHERE: Colorado Boulevard (between Altadena and San Gabriel Boulevards) in East Pasadena.


WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH, Stepping off at 11:00AM!


COST: Always FREE-of-charge!!


(626) 590-7596


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.


Come early! Bring a lawn chair! Visit the local eateries and shops, and attend the after parties all within walking distance. Local food-based businesses associated with Chefs Center, a nonprofit program located in East Pasadena, will be selling a wide range of savory foods and desserts on food stands at the parade. Food trucks will also be located during and post-parade in the Chefs Center lot on San Gabriel Blvd. just north of Colorado Blvd.


Official Doo Dah After-Party: American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks from Parade at Vinedo & Walnut), immediately following the event. Bands…cheap food and drinks!! $5 cover (supports a Legion charity). For more information go to:


Queen sought for Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Queen Tryouts to be Held on April Fools Day
WHERE: Royal mayhem takes place at the American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., Pasadena, Between Walnut and Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-9938
WHEN: Sunday, April Fools Day (April 1), 2012
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Doo Dah Queen Hopefuls Check-In
4:30 – 7:00 pm – Doo Dah Queen Tryouts
@ 7:30 pm – New Doo Dah Queen is Crowned
COST: $5 cover to Legion’s charity; 1st 20 queen hopefuls to arrive are free! Cash only Bar.
Trying out? please call us at 626-590-1134 and we will answer your questions and give you tips. Open to everyone and we mean it! All are encouraged to dress randomly even if you are coming to watch.
HOW? The first 20 Queen Hopefuls to arrive get in FREE (1 admission per Queen’s entourage). Each Queen Hopeful will have a few minutes to WOW the Judges. Microphone and boom box, even drumroll, provided. Be ready to show us and tell us why YOU should be Queen! Bring Loyal Followers and HUMOR! Tell them to buy the judges a beer to get a chance to vote! Hecklers encouraged!
Featuring: The Legendary, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, Horses on Astroturf, Many former Queens, including Skittles, Mickie, Tequila, Sue the Ref, 2011 Queen Red Rosie, Goofball Judges, Andrew, Duke of Doo Dah, Prizes, Cheap drinks, Smoking Patio, Pool and Big Screen TV! and Lots of Dancing!
More about the Tryouts: Individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasions tested their fate to become queen. Contestants are usually outnumbered by equally-costumed judges, who include many former queens, and another hundred or so parade entrants, tryout supporters, Legion members, and the curious public. The town-hall setting with long tables in beer-fest style, crock pot chili, and legendary Doo Dah House Band, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies on stage, set the mood for the lively caucus. Among those who have perennially tried out are, Count Smokula, Santa’s Bad Elf, belly dancer, Narayana, a smoking Amy Winehouse, Queen Mother Teresa Kennedy, the Swami from El Monte, Sabrina the Stimulus Package, Second-Hand Rose Queen, Crystal, Gopher Girl, Buffy the Dog, Ms. Laurel, Pinball Lizard, Mama “J”, and Miss Boy Frances. Queen Eric(a) Valentine, of Glendale was a show stopper in 2010 with his searing guitar licks. Last year, Judges selected Red Rosie, a 17-year old who transformed from school girl to Wonder Woman in seconds while singing a Kaye Star song. Other favorites have included Roobie Breastnut, former burlesque star, as Sarah Palin, Crystal Lightner, local diva of Altadena, and Jezzelynn on stilts.
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 35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Saturday, April 28th stepping off at 11:00am on the streets of East Pasadena. To enter the parade simply go to the website and fill out a form, or call for more information on Tryouts or Entries (626) 590-1134, or Public Information Number: (626)590-7596.
35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!
Saturday, April 28, 11:00am
Entry Forms and information to be found on the website:
Twitter: pasadenadoodah 

Are you fit to be Queen? Doo Dah tryouts coming April 1

What could be more fitting than to have the 35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Day Parade Queen tryouts and coronation on April Fool’s day?! That’s right, you have less than a month to hone your best talent, sort out your craziest fashion and work up three minutes of judge-impressing entertainment and wit.


If you have what it takes – or have a friend or relative who could rule over Doo Dah madness with a sparkling hand – make plans for a day to strut your stuff. If you shy from the spotlight, please still join us… it will be fun, we promise!


Queen Tryouts

3 p.m. Sunday, April 1

American Legion, Pasadena

Music by Snotty Scotty & the Hankies and Horses on Astroturf


For more information, visit


The big day is Saturday, April 28, and yes, parade entries are being accepted now!! Woo hoo!!