What: The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts take place on Sunday, November 23rd at the American Legion Hall located in east Pasadena. Live music includes legendary Doo Dah house band Snotty Scotty & the Hankies along with Horses on Astroturf and special performance by 2008 Outgoing Queen Mickie. Referee’d by Sierra Madre Sue, Queen Tryouts will highlight the “No Doo Dah Day” celebration and royal hopefuls will compete to reign over the Parade on Sunday, January 18th in Old Pasadena. The public is welcome to attend. In the new Democratic style this year, anyone can vote, but only if they buy a pitcher of beer to share with the other judges. Enjoy the colorful festivities and home cooked food and cheapest drinks in town! The cover charge is $5.00 going to a Legion’s charity. Ample free parking is available.
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Where: The American Legion Hall is located at 179 N. Vinedo Avenue (91107) in east Pasadena (north of Colorado Blvd. between Altadena and San Gabriel). The American Legion’s telephone is (626) 792-9938.
When: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 2:00pm!
Queen hopefuls arrive at 1:30pm; Queen will be announced approx. 5:30pm.
More Info: Individuals of all genders, sizes, shapes, ages, beliefs and persuasions are welcome to compete! And the best part is everyone gets to participate in the Doo Dah Royal Court on parade day!! Media and royal watchers are all welcome to come enjoy the spectacle as queen aspirants of all types share their talents with Doo Dah’s official judges and onlookers. Previous hopefuls have included Zeke the Sheik, Serpent Queens Saphora and Saphrona, trailer park’ers, declined Rose Queen contenders, Pasadena Diva’s, country western dudes, erotic saw players, the world’s biggest old lady, one candidate on Xerox paper and another in a Mason jar.
Hopefuls this year include Roobie Breastnut, the Swami from El Monte, Eric(a) Valentine, Sir Pee Pee Poo Poo, Rebecca the stilt walker, Photo Genic, Fire Maidens, A Desperate Housewife, Viola the Cat Woman, Count Smokula, Mimi MarGo-Go, and others! All one needs to do is show up, or call to get more information (626) 205-4029.
Even More Info: Organizers staged the first public tryouts in 1998 at a Gothic house on stilts. This and other parodies of Pasadena’s ‘Other Parade’ have fueled Doo Dah’s colorful and controversial life on Colorado Boulevard. The 32nd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Sunday, January 18th stepping off at 11:30am on the streets of historic Old Pasadena. PHOTOS courtesy of Terry Miller.