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Doo Dah 2015

Nov 16, 2015

10003661_10152923243602788_1614938710918885525_oSince this is the Doo Dah, nothing should surprise us, like the 2015 Doo Dah Grand Marshall being not only Juli Crockett (pictured right), but her Evangenitals.

The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade has selected renaissance woman, Juli Crockett, to lead this year’s 38th Occasional Parade. Consider the fact she’s a singer, songwriter, playwright, theater director, undefeated professional boxer and amateur champion, and leader of an alt-country/Americana genre-defying band and you’ll get the picture. Don’t forget to add Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Communications to her resume. Doo Dah organizers say “Juli is a fierce and brilliant artist who embodies the spirit of our event!” (PasadenaDooDahParade.org)

Keep a look out for the 2015 Doo Dah Queen: Her Majesty Veronika MeowMeowz…

 

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Queen MeowMeowz; all photos courtesy of Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

 

On Doo Dah day, the street will swell with a memorable cast of local eccentrics, disruptors, pundits, mutant art cars, lone wolves, steam punks, makers and merrymakers who comprise the Moveable Feast, Code Blue DeFibs medical satire, Flying Baby Naptime Aerials, Toaster Car, Coyote Jeff’s Saucers, The Army of Toy Soldiers, beer boosting rockers Drunk in the Garage, Tortilla Target, The Billionaires, Free Thought Society, Bearded Ladies, Yiddish Dracula, Partying Parrotheads.

And not a rose will be harmed!

 

Trinidad Basulto, AKA Senor Groucho, is celebrating 25 years of Doo Dah Parading this year.

Trinidad Basulto, AKA Senor Groucho, is celebrating 25 years of Doo Dah Parading this year.

 

Official Doo Dah after-party is, as usual, held at the American Legion Post 280 at 179. N. Vinedo Street immediately following the event with Doo Dah band regulars Snotty Scotty & the Hankies and New Horses. Dancing, cheap food and drinks, fun and laughs guaranteed for the frivolous of heart. Cover: $3 only!

 

Doo Dah 2015
Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 11 a.m.
Location: E. Colorado Blvd., East Pasadena
Between Altadena Dr. & San Gabriel Blvd.
Free as always; make yourself at home—bring your lawn chair!
For more info, visit PasadenaDooDahParade.info

 

Alan Zorthian (left) with Light Bringer Project

Alan Zorthian (left) with Tom Coston, president of Light Bringer Project, producer of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

 

For those who would like a background check…

It all began at Chromo’s Bar and Grill. Chromos was located near Ernie Junior Tacos and down the block from the Hotel Taylor, an SRO in Old Town Pasadena. While some considered it nothing more than a blighted district in need of redevelopment others inhabited the neighborhood as a creative playground. Famous and not-so-famous artists rented cheap lofts and soon-to-be legendary bands rocked on at Chromo’s, Vitale’s, Hazel’s Bar and the Loch Ness Monster Pub. A perfect setting for something interesting to happen. And it did.

Pasadena is a city of many traditions, the most well-known being New Year’s Tournament of Roses. But if January 1st falls on a Sunday the parade is always held the following day. Peter Apanel (who would become Czar of the Doo Dah Parade) along with other Chromo’s officianados had a brainstorm: “What if we had our own parade?”

 

You're never too young to Doo Dah

You’re never too young to Doo Dah

 

Apanel wrote “Whatever we did it would have to be just the opposite of what the Rose Parade does. They have a theme so we would have no theme. They have Judging and prizes, so we would have no judging and no prizes. Since none of us would be allowed in the Rose Parade, we would allow everyone in our parade.” They called it Doo Dah.

Thousands have since participated in or attended the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, led each and every time by Snotty Scotty & the Hankies. People have come and gone and come back. It’s spawned numerous copycat parades across the nation.

In 1995, Light Bringer Project, a Pasadena-based nonprofit, inherited the Parade and perpetuated its spirit and energy. In 2010 Doo Dah relocated beyond the “Other Parade’s” route into East Pasadena where it now lives on.

Doo Dah means many things to many people ~ perhaps, a little something different to everyone. Wacky and weird? Sublime absurdity? Rite of reversal? Twisted sister of the Rose Parade? Probably all of the above.

The very first T-shirt had the words “First Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade” emblazoned across the front. You have to wonder if they thought “maybe this thing’ll catch on.”
PasadenaDooDahParade.org

 

Queen Skittles and King James, 2009

Queen Skittles and King James, 2009

 

The Evangenitals have a surprisingly melodic sound…

 

 




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