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!
Also visit www.pasadenadoodahparade.info
Are you Tweeting or Instagrammingabout the 2013 Doo Dah Parade?Be sure to tag your posts #pasadenadoodah
Attention Entriesof the 36th Occasional PasadenaDoo 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 & Bar179 N. Vinedo StreetEast 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 Bar2640 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 Records2636 E. Colorado Blvd. (next store to the Colorado Bar)
- Bands, records, coolness!! Free.Queens Party!Starts at 4:00pm till closeThe Altadena Ale and Wine House2329 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 ProjectTHANK YOU FOR MAKING DOO DAH HISTORY!!Photos by Terry Miller
P.O. Box 968Pasadena, CA 91102Office 626.590.1134
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!