36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade set for April 27, accepting entries

The Moveable Feast
Photo by Brian Biery, 2012

Doo Dah Parade Shakes, Rattles and Rolls through East Pasadena on

Saturday, April 27th


Daring to go where no parade has gone before, this year’s Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will again bring its own brand of raucous eccentricity East. The 2013 Parade takes place on Saturday, April 27th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard. 


2012 Doo Dah Queen Patrizzi Intergarlactica
Photo by Brian Biery


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 Moveable Feast, Candy Girls, Ace Ketchum-Professional Vampire Fisherman, Great Firewall of China, Good Knievel, Backyard Skeptics, Poseidon and MerGirl, Dragonrider Dragon Oven, Worlds Tallest Girl Scout, 2012 Queen Patrizzi Intergalactica, Beard Team USA, The Fly, Literally Flashers, Murrugun the Mystic, and the Yippie Hippie Sixties, et.al.


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 named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die!


This year’s spectacle will see the return of such wildly diverse entries as a fleet of motorized Kinetic Pastry Science Mobile Muffins, Captain McHogwash’s Amazing Chundra, a humungous robotic spitting cat named Boo-Boo Kitty, combined bands of the 35th Dragoon Guards, Senior Grouchier, Balkan Brass Band, Mile High Bed, Easy Acres Chicken Sitters, oddly-attired sound inventors known as The Highland Park Thursday Evening Gentlemen’s Society Circuit Bending Marching Band & Ladies’ Auxiliary, crowd favorite Disco Drill Team, real American Bandstanders, OC NRML, The Billionaires, Occupy Doo Dah, Quilting Bees, Whistling Diva, The Bra-Ettes, L.A. Derby Dolls, classic, scary clowns, BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, Hare Kirshna Chanters, Howdy Krishna, and the immortal Doo Dah house band Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, and many more!


Yes, another Doo Dah is here to help you forget your humdrum existence!




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


WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH, Stepping off at 11:00AM!


COST: Always FREE-of-charge!!


The World’s Tallest Girl Scout
Photo by Andrew Edelstein, 2012

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.


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: www.pasadenadoodahparade.info


Be sure to use #pasadenadoodah when tweeting or instagraming the 2013 parade!


Doo Dah Parade exhibit in Pasadena closes Jan. 13

        Two popular exhibitions at Pasadena Museum of History will come to a close at 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 13. 

                What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is a colorful, fun-filled exhibition exploring the wacky and irreverent world of Doo Dah, including “the other” parade’s origins, and the social significance of this counter-culture public spectacle. Displays include a photo wall of parade and crowd shots; vignettes of entries – including the BBQ & Hibachi Grill Team, the Synchronized Precision Marching Briefcase Drill Team, plus costumes and memorabilia of various Queens and music groups.

Pacific Electric Railway, Then & Now, based on the book of the same name by authors and exhibition co-curators Steve Crise and Michael Patris, brings the famed railway back to life through images and artifacts.  The exhibition at PMH includes an expanded collection of images found in the book from the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society archives, including rare images from the past that are compared to what can be seen in the same locations today, as seen through the lens of photographer Steve Crise. Additionally, an original advertising painting from the Pacific Electric Railway is on display for the first time in generations, as well as three new paintings by renowned artist Harlan Hiney, who uses historic images to create new works of art.

Location: Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103

Hours: 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm Wednesdays through Sundays.


Admission: $7 General; $6 Students & Seniors; Members & Children under 12 Free.

Free admission on “Community Wednesday” to anyone who lives, works or is a student in any of the following local communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Duarte, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Glendale, Highland Park, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena and Temple City. Please mention this offer and show some form of i.d. in the Museum Store.


Information: www.pasadenahistory.org |626.577.1660, ext 10