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!
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.)
- 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!)
2640 E. Colorado Blvd.
- 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.
Starts at 4:00pm till close
The Altadena Ale and Wine House
2329 N. Fair Oaks
- 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
THANK YOU FOR MAKING DOO DAH HISTORY!!
Photos by Terry Miller