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


Doo Dah Queen & Rose Princess live chat 1:30 Dec. 31

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a part of Rose Parade royalty?

 Listen in and even join in the conversation when I chat online live with 

 2007 Princess Danielle Vine

  1:30 today, Dec. 31


Be a part of history!!


Doo Dah 2013 only six months away!

If you’ve seen the Doo Dah Parade exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History and are inspired to create your own entry or – even better – audition for queen, you have six months to perfect your plans for the 2013 Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade! 

Queen tryouts will be held April 7

Doo Dah Parade day will be April 27

If you’re curious or seeking some inspiration and haven’t seen the exhibit, visit the museum before Jan. 6. 

For more information on the Pasadena Museum of History, visit www.pasadenahistory.org and follow on Twitter @pasadenahistory

For more information on the Doo Dah Parade, visit www.pasadenadoodahparade.info and follow on Twitter @pasadenadoodah

Light Bringer Project seeks funds for arts programs

Bringer Project is a nonprofit arts and education organization in
Pasadena that I know and love and they need your help! Donations help
LBP provide free art spaces in schools through the Room 13 program and
create college bound marketing programs for high school students in the
LA Futures Academy, provide fun-filled events like Pasadena Doo Dah
Parade and Pasadena Chalk Festival free-of-charge. 
ANY amount can make a difference. let’s raise some money to keep LBP awesome!


Doo Dah on the Green concert Sept. 23 in Pasadena

The Pasadena Museum of History and the Light Bringer Project will present “Doo Dah on the Green,” a summer concert featuring some of the famed parades favorite musical entries. So grab your lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic, settle down on the Feynes Mansion lawn and treat your ears to the sounds of Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, Horses on Astroturf and more.

 4-7 p.m. Sept. 23
Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena

The galleries will also be open so you may visit “What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Doo Dah Parade. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors and students and free for children under 12 and active duty military personnel and their families.

Doo Dah exhibit opening in Pasadena Aug. 15

The Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, will present “What a Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade” noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday,  Aug. 15 through Jan. 6.

The exhibit will feature photos, costumes and other ephemera from the popular parade.

Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors and students and free for children under 12 and active duty military personnel. Free admission to residents, workers and students in the San Gabriel Valley Wednesdays.

www.pasadenahistory.org and www.lightbringerproject.com

Atticus ~ a Royal Doo Dah pup remembered

Atticus, the Royal Pup, passed away a year ago today.

As “a little dog in search of big adventure,” he shared his fun on this blog and everywhere he went. He was a happy soul and also a wise one.

Please take a few minutes today to remember someone – human or animal – who made your life just a little more adventurous and special. Atticus would like that.

From the Doo Dah vaults

I always enjoy it when I get a little surprise in my e-mail, like this photo from Terry Miller. Sir Terrence shot this during a Doo Dah audition years ago. I like it because I look like some mystical gypsy standing there in the bubbles, but with that funny look on my face, I wonder what I was thinking…

61306-doo bubbles Terry Miller-thumb-300x525-61305.jpgSpeaking of the past, items are still being sought for the upcoming Doo Dah exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History. If you have any memorabilia – from costumes to photographs and anything in between – please bring it to the American Legion in Pasadena 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 22. For more information, look at the post below.


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Museum seeks Doo Dah items for exhibit

           We’re Looking for Doo Dah Memorabilia

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Part adventure, part history lesson, the PASADENA DOO DAH PARADE celebrates its eccentric nature in an exhibition called…

What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been:
35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Opening Reception Saturday, August 18th – Stay Tuned

Doo Dah Beer, Posters, Pins, Programs, Images, Floats and Materials, 
Doo Dah Records, Costumes, Props, Red Shoes, Wigs, Banners, 
Paintings created on Route, Invisible Drill Teams, Hippie Beads, Crowns, Briefcases and 3-piece suits, Lounge Lizards, Coneheads, Hankies stuff, home movies (converted to DVD), Tortillas, Lawn Chairs, PHOTOS (old school or on CD), Dolls or Puppets, anything from Chromos Bar or the old town haunts, we accept well-mounted and framed photos and objects in good condition…
Representing Your Experience in Doo Dah since 1978-2012

Dia De Los Doo Dah

Pictures and Items representing Doo Dah paraders RIP,

for visitors to add to through the run of the show 


Over two brief sessions next week, DOO DAH specialists will be looking at your DOO DAH collectibles to decide what to keep for the show. Bring us your long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, garages and your mother-in-law’s house. There will be no house calls, so PLEASE, try to make it! If it’s too large or too precious and you want to bring it to the install, please notify us in advance.
Please pack your stuff in a nice box or protective container. If we accept your material, we will ask you to sign out all your items and we will return them after the show (January). They will not be for sale, just display. Thank you!

American Legion Post 280
179 N. Vinedo St.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Delivery Dates:
July 18
5:00pm – 8:00pm
July 22
2:00pm – 6:00pm
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