The 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is this Saturday, so get your tortillas ready.
This year’s newly crowned queen is Susann Edmonds and she will lead the parade with Grand Marshall Alan Zorthian, architect and son of legendary bohemians Jirayr and Dabney Zorthian (both former Doo Dah grand marshalls), as well as proprietor of the Zorthian Ranch in Altadena.
Some of the participants on parade shall be A Moveable Feast (based on a Hemingway novel), Ace Ketchum-Professional Vampire Fisherman, The Great Firewall of China, The LOH Down on Science (featuring NPR personality Sandra Tsing Loh), Suffer Jet-Set for David Bowie, The Army of Toy Soldiers, and the Long Beach Ukelele Club.
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!
See the creativity, fun, and craziness from last year’s parade: Doo Dah 2012
The 36th Occasional Doo Dah Parade
Saturday, April 27th, 11 a.m.
East Pasadena along Colorado Blvd., just west of Sierra Madre
Plenty of street parking available
Free to the public
For complete info, visit pasadenadoodahparade.info
Post parade parties:
Official Doo Dah after-party: American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks north of parade at Vinedo & Walnut; $3 cover
- Colorado Bar, 2640 E. Colorado Blvd., featuring Drunk in the Garage, “the best jutebox in the world,” pool, darts, cheap drinks, and no cover
- Poo Bah Records, 2636 E. Colorado Blvd., next to the Colorado Bar, with bands, records, “coolness,” and free of charge
- MEOWMEOWZ!, 2423 E. Colorado Blvd., west of Altadena Dr., near Zephyr Coffee, with live entertainment and 10% off all purchases of their vintage rock clothing when patrons shout “Doo Dah!”
- Queen’s Party, The Altadena Ale & Winehouse, 2329 N. Fair Oaks, 4 p.m. until closing time, featuring Queen Susann’s famous homemade Jabberwockysmooth Jerk Sauce on pulled pork sandwiches for a suggested donation of $3.50 with all proceeds benefiting Light Bringer Project