DOO DAH PARADE SET TO ROLL THIS SUNDAY!
WHAT: The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade celebrates 40 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena this Sunday, November 19th. On Doo Dah day, over 90 unique entries will be joining in the fun from all over Southern California.
Dozens of inventive, if zany, art cars and floats will accompany a legion of revelers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets with a memorable cast of eccentrics, disruptors, political pundits, lone wolves, and steam punks, comprising a legion of merrymakers.
WHEN: Doo Dah steps off at 11am. Immediately following the event, many after-parties will take place in the Parade vicinity.
WHERE: (Official address: 2627 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107)
The Parade loops along Colorado Boulevard, between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard, in East Pasadena.
COST: The event is always free-of-charge to the public!
MORE INFO: This year’s lineup includes The Billionaires, Danse Macabre, The Eye, Bildge Rat, Flying Baby Homerun Border Crossing, The Aloha Oy Vey Ukelele Marching Band, Radioactive Chickenheads, Dr. Steele’s Army of Toy Soldiers, Unicorns with Palace, L.A. Derby Dolls, Kilt Brigade, Cyclops, Free Thought Society, Let’s Paint and March TV!, Saucer from Bakersfield, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic Sword Swallower, Trashion Show, Kid Swap, Pony Baloney Express, Fish Tank Dress, Black Sabbitch, Count Smokula, Lady DJ Sparkle Pony, Howdy Krishna, The Butler, The World’s Tallest Girl Scout, Recumbent Revolution, DubRobot, Doo Dah’s 2017 Queen Imani and Grand Marshal Marty Coleman, among many others. Secret Santa, Doo Dah’s take on the North Pole icon, will close the conga line and ring in the holiday season. And… not a rose will be harmed in the making of this parade!
EVEN MORE INFO: 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 even highlighted in last year’s Wall Street Journal. It was also named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die.
PARKING: Plenty of easy street parking is available. Parade route is 1 mile west of the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station. Take a city bus directly to the area. Call Uber or take a Metro bike!
MEDIA PARKING: MEDIA VEHICLES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARK ON STREETS ADJACENT TO THE COLORADO BOULEVARD PARADE ROUTE FOR EASY ACCESS.
MEDIA STICKERS SHOULD BE OBTAINED IN THE PARADE STAGING AREA AT 79 N. VINEDO AVENUE, PASADENA, CA 91107 (1 block North of Denny’s Restaurant).
FOOD TRUCKS: (2636 E. Colorado Blvd.) Include Street Tamales, Rice Balls o’ Fire, Mr Softy’s Ice Cream and The Deli Doctor. They will be located next to Poo Bah Record Shop.
OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY: (179 N. Vinedo St.) American Legion Post 280, just 2 blocks north of Parade, immediately following the event. New Astroturf, more live bands, Doo Dah Royalty, dancing, cheap food and drinks!! $3 cover.
UNOFFICIAL DOO DAH AFTER-PARTIES:
PooBah Records, one of Pasadena’s favorite independent music stores, will feature live in-store DJ at 2636 E. Colorado Blvd., on the parade route.
The famous Colorado Bar, located right next door at 2640 E. Colorado Blvd. will feature live bands, along with salty chips and drinks! Plate 38, hosts Queen Imani for lunch immediately following the parade at 2631 E. Colorado Blvd at Sierra Madre Blvd.