If this isn’t already on your bucket list, add it now. This has got to be one of the most iconic ironic farcical parades on the planet. ITs everything that the Rose Parade isn’t. Its sarcasm and parody and political rolled into one fun hour of floats and “bands” in East Pasadena.
The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will celebrate 39 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The 2016 Parade takes place on Sunday, November 20th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard.
The Parade that is a party…the random nearly-annual Doo Dah Parade takes place in East Pasadena on Saturday April 30. None of the usual stuffiness of the Rose Parade, this is a totally irreverent event that I just adore. Its a lot silliness, a lot of politically incorrect and just plain fun to watch it stroll on by.
The party is set to start 11 am-ish. It will start at the corner of Vinedo and Colorado Blvds (MAP HERE). The parade will march down one side of Colorado Blvd westerly to Altadena then turn around and go east on the other side to San Gabriel Blvd. At San Gabriel the parade again turns around to go west back to Vinedo Ave.
There are multiple parties going on after the parade. The big official party will be at the American Legion Hall at 179 N Vinedo St (2 Blocks north of the parade route). All the info you could want on the parade and after party HERE on the official web site.
Do arrive early as the spectator space fills fast. Sorry, but there is limited public transpo into the parade site and traffic does get nasty around there.
Sunday 1/18 may be the day of the Parade but Pasadena and the local bloggers and media are amped and starting the celebrations early.
Sunday Parade Day details. 1/18/09, 8:30am set ups, 11:30(ish)AM start. Pasadena Cal. The Parade starts at Raymond/Holly south to Colorado then turns west to Colorado/Pasadena Avenue.
Queen Skittles blog is full of information. She and the Grand Marshall, Charles Phoenix (my favorite Mid-century Americana pop culture archivist) kick of the activities tomorrow morning on KTLA’s morning show. She’s arriving at 5:30 in the freaking am Friday at the studios and will be on anytime between then and 9AM. Queen Skittles advises that among the activities will be disco dancing with the choreography by the woman who came up with the YMCA dance routine. Tivo this one if you can’t sit in front of the tube waiting for it to happen.
Mademoiselle Gramophone broke the news on her blog regarding one of the entries in the parade in her post “Thorny Rose“. Ann Lau, human rights activist and winner of the “Thorny Rose” award will be in the thick of it. She won the award for her pressure on the Pasadena City Council and the Rose Parade last year to not allow the Chinese a float in the parade. She will be riding her own float of sorts led by the “Great Firewall of China Marching Brigade”.
The official Doo Dah Parade site can’t be skipped. The page to bookmark and keep for reference is the Parade Route and Directions as it gives you driving directions and Metro station info for those of you who are rail enabled.
The invite card provided by Queen Skittles. It does get bigger with a click. She asked that all the local talent that helped her with the shoot, costuming etc., be given some recognition. Here it is: Photo Assistant: Alex Fallas, Blue dress: Aaardvark’s of Pasadena, who is the official clothing sponsor; modified with fabric and rhinestones by Kristina King, Crown: Cassie Marquez, Hairstylist: Reyna Rodriguez Soto, Makeup: Airica Hartsfield.
One final note, zomg…it looks like we are home this weekend as all the kid sports are “bye”. A first in many years and I get to go this year!