Pasadena Doo Dah Parade online

Don’t want to change out of your jammies Saturday?

Well, you could wear them to the 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade at 11 a.m. on Colorado Boulevard– you’d just be part of the party. 

But if you don’t even want to leave the house, you can still get in on the fun by watching the parade online. Actually, you can watch it online even while you’re at the parade….

OK, the possibilities are endless… so turn on, tune in and smile 

Oh, and your favorite Doo Dah Queen (me) will be commentating for your pleasure!

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Pasadena Doo Dah Parade still accepting entries- big day is April 27

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Attention Entries
of the 36th Occasional Pasadena
Doo Dah Parade!
Parade Day is right around the corner! 
Here’s some info to help get all your ducks in a row:
YOUR ARRIVAL: The staging area for the parade is on Nina Street between Altadena Drive and Vinedo (just one block north of Colorado Boulevard). Go to MapQuest or Google and enter 73 No. Vinedo St., Pasadena, CA 91107 (check-in is in parking lot here).
Please arrive and check-in NO LATER THAN 10:00am. Each group’s main contact should check-in for the group. Additional unpaid marchers, or brand new entries who appear that morning, will be collected at check-in. The main entry contact person (on the form) will be given parade stickers for every participant in their group. All of your people should wear them so they’re visible.
Vehicles not in the parade will need to drop off people, props, floats, etc., and find parking outside of the staging area. HAPPY NOTE: There is GREAT free, all-day parking on Walnut Street, located just one block north of the staging area. The earlier you come, the easier it is to park!
Come early, mingle, have fun, take pictures, practice your routines, pose, there will be lots of media on hand.
CHECK-IN: Check-In will be open at 8:00am for the early birds. The location is at Nina and Vinedo Streets (parking lot at Nina/Vinedo–the front of the entry staging area). It will be easy to find.
PARADE TIPS:The Doo Dah Parade has no marching order, so find a place that makes you comfortable. But, remember, it’s first-come-first-serve. If you are concerned about your spot, come early. Think about what is fun in front and behind you.
If you’re a band you’ll probably want to find a place that’s not in front of or behind another musical group. Entries have been really good at figuring this out!
Please do not throw any hard objects into the crowd, and keep in mind the trash left behind.
MORE PARADE TIPS: Make sure to wear comfortable shoes unless your costume begs for something else! Bring water and snacks for before the parade. There will also be Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ food booth set up on the parade route next to Poo Bah Records and across the street from Denny’s Restaurant, the home of the grand slam!
2013 T-Shirts are available NOW! Check it out – how awesome do they look?? You can purchase your shirt today. Special thanks to Bill Bryzkcy of the BBQ and Hibachi Marching Grill Team for the design! CLICK THIS LINK TO PURCHASE YOUR SHIRT FROM OUR ONLINE STORE.
FOOD: Food will be freshly cooked on the parade route at Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ booth opening at 10:15am in the street next to Poo Bah Records. They will be serving All-American street food, including all kinds of sausages, hot dogs, beer brauts, fresh squeezed lemonade and more at reasonable prices, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, so please get your goodies here and support us. The Lion’s Club will be selling coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and water.They will be set up in the parade staging area.
OFFICIAL DOO DAH AFTER-PARTY (immediately following parade!)
American Legion Hall & Bar
179 N. Vinedo Street
East Pasadena (between Foothill and Walnut, 2 blocks N. of Colorado Blvd.)
(626) 792-9938
  • Featuring the legendary Doo Dah house band Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, along with Horses on Astroturf, and assorted Doo Dah Glitterati. Prizes, full bar, cheaper drinks, cheap food, smoking patio, big-screen TV, pool and more! $4 cover charge.
UNOFFICIAL DOO DAH AFTER-PARTIES  (immediately following the parade!)
Colorado Bar
2640 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 449-3485
  • Featuring Drunk in the Garage, the best jukebox in the world, pool, darts, cheap drinks and fun people! No cover charge.
Poo Bah Records
2636 E. Colorado Blvd. (next store to the Colorado Bar)
  • Bands, records, coolness!! Free.
Queens Party!
Starts at 4:00pm till close
The Altadena Ale and Wine House
2329 N. Fair Oaks
(626) 794-4577
  • Featuring Queen Susann’s famous homemade Jabberwockysmooth Jerk Sauce on pulled pork sandwiches! for a suggested donation of $3.50
  • 100% pulled pork sandwich proceeds benefit Light Bringer Project
   doo dah car windshield
Photos by Terry Miller

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Frank Girardot named Thorny Rose of 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

It’s official! The 13th Order of the Thorny Rose has spoken. This year’s recipient is Pasadena Star News editor Frank Girardot. The honor is bestowed annually by a secret panel of judges to a local personality who has generated significant controversy in the greater Pasadena community.

Girardot, who also has a regular column, has used the newspaper as a platform to take aim at iconic personalities and institutions, which have included Paul McCartney, President Barack Obama, Pasadena City Hall and the Roman Catholic Church. It can be said that political correctness and sitting on the fence are not among Frank Girardot’s top priorities. “If the day comes that those traits define him, it will be time for a huge reality check,” said parade organizers. “Frank is definitely a throwback to the days when reporters dug in to get their story. In so doing, he has ruffled plenty of feathers along the way.”

As is the tradition for Thorny Rose winners, Frank will be invited to receive his award in public and be driven along the route of the 36th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. The unique “Other Parade” takes place on Saturday, April 27th, stepping off at 11:00am at its new Colorado Boulevard location in East Pasadena. The only Thorny Rose awardee to pass up the invitation was local gadfly Wayne Lasvardi and development watchers Pasadenans for a Liveable City. They were consequently replaced by a man in a chicken suit who rode on their behalf.

The prickly honor, bestowed once a year on a Pasadena citizen, or group of citizens, and has been euphemistically called the city’s “biggest pain-in-the-ass award.”  Previous recipients have been Charles Cherniss, Roy Begley, the entire PUSD School Board, school critic Mary Dee Romney, West Pasadena Residents Association, Wayne Lasvardi, Ann Lau and the Falun Gong, Friends of Hahamongna, Pasadenans for a Liveable City, and last year’s Thorny Rose, All Saints Reverend Ed Bacon. Paul Little, former city councilperson, received the honor two years in a row!

Doo Dah tryouts a blast~ Susann Edmonds named 36th Queen

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Congratulations, Queen Susann!
Thank you to everyone who made Doo Dah Queen Tryouts a show stopper!
Thank you to all the Doo Dah lovers who participated in Sunday’s Queen Tryouts! We appreciate every Queen who tried out, every judge and audience member.
Unlike the other parade, all of the Pasadena Doo Dah Queen hopefuls are invited to be part of the Doo Dah Royal Court. Queen’s Susann’s Entourage will be receiving more info soon about when and where to go on the morning of the 27th.

Don’t see a photo of you? Don’t worry! There will be an album on the Doo Dah Facebook page with a large collection of images from the evening. There are plenty accumulating now!

Parade day is Saturday, April 27th stepping off at 11am
We remain open to all DOO DAH PARADE entries 
Please contact Parade Organizer, Patricia Hurley
print and mail your entry form from the Doo Dah website:
Judges include former Queens Patrizzi Intergarlictica, Serpent Queen Jen, and Naughty Queen Mickie, Photo by Terry Miller
Queen Contestant Tanya Piana, XXX
Photo by Kelly Phillips
Suki Suki queen contestant
Photo by Terry Miller
The Hanging Judge, Bruce Litz
Photo by Julie Smith
queen tryouts
Marissa Gomez, Miss One Dolla No Holla,
photo by Patricia Hurley
Tom Coston being over stimulated by Uncle Fester
Photo by Julie Smith
Last but not least, our new QUEEN Susann!
Photo by Julie Smith
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Sudann Edmonds named 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen

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All Hail Queen Susann of the 
36th Occasional Pasadena 
Doo Dah Parade!
April 7, 2013

Contact: Patricia Hurley, Parade Organizer, Media

Media and Entries in the Parade: (626) 590-1134

Public Information Line: (626) 590-7596


Susann Edmonds was given the royal nod by a motley assembly of 50 judges and 250 spectators at the American Legion Bar in East Pasadena tonight. She got stiff competition from Mialaka Bonadara who incorporated four large pizzas into her performance and another contender who danced in burlesque style with pasties set to a punk rock tune. Susann, an Altadena resident, woowed judges with her singing enthusiasm and homemade cocktail elixirs.


Her royal majesty and her royal court, comprised of all the queen hopefuls, will entertain the parade on Saturday, April 27th, at 11oclock in the morning. Queen Susann will lead the Queen’s Court, made up of her friends and royal followers. All those who tried out for Queen are encouraged to come and roll with the Queen’s Entourage!


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 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Saturday, April 27th 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.



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!!


Those interested in participating in the Parade can simply go to the website and fill out an entry form, or call (626) 590-1134.


All photos by Kelly Phillips


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