Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade Struts Its Stuff April 28, 2012

Hula hoop twirlers from Pasadena Hoops add to the circus feel of the Doo Dah Parade.

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The 35th Occasional Doo Dah Parade Comes to Town April 28, 2012.

It’s like the circus coming to town, but maybe better! The incredible, unpredictable, sometimes bizarre, often risqué, and always entertaining Doo Dah Parade will grace Colorado Blvd. in East Pasadena again on Saturday, April 28, 2012, starting at 11 am and ending when all of the marchers and floats have finished promenading.

a parade float of a giant pink cat grabs a boy in its claw

Boo-Boo Kitty makes friends with a young Doo Dah Parade fan.

a St. Bernard in a frilly colar and its owner who is wearing a St. Bernard dog mask

The Sunshine Saints and their owners wear festive costumes for the Parade.

This parade has a certain zany charm that makes it impossible to catagorize. There are floats and plenty of marchers. No equestrian units, but impossibly cute dogs in silly costumes are enjoyable substitutes. The variety of elaborate vehicles, drill teams, belly dancers, groups marching with good-natured political signs and statements, stilt walkers, and more are sure to delight. We’ve been dazzled by the imaginative, creative entries.

And it’s FREE! Just bring your own lawn chairs, because there are no VIP seats and no giant bleachers for this parade.

The Doo Dah Parade began in 1978 to poke fun at Pasadena’s more famous parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade. Known as the twisted sister of the Pasadena Rose Parade, the Doo Dah Parade has gained national attention for its eccentric and often irreverent satire.

The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is organized by the Light Bringer Project, a non-profit Pasadena arts organization that produces visual, performing and literary arts programs that highlight creative voices from all sectors of the community. They love to involve the community in the arts. Their projects focus on public education, AIDS awareness, the environment, homelessness, economic revitalization, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and other critical areas.

Making a statement against censorship, the Visual Artists Guild protest the “Great Firewall of China.”

Marchers with costumes as fanciful as their names include a humongous robotic spitting cat named Boo-Boo Kitty, Cheesus Crust Pizza, The Bra-Ettes, BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, The Highland Park Thursday Evening Gentlemen’s Society Circuit Bending Marching Band & Ladies’ Auxiliary, Howdy Krishna, and many more! See our earlier posts for our photos of the 2010 and 2011 Doo Dah Parades.

The parade covers two blocks on Colorado Blvd. between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Blvd. The marchers go in a loop, so the crowd on either side of Colorado gets an equally good view.

a woman wearing a banner saying "Pregnant Teen Barbie" marches in parade

The Bra-ettes marching group features politically incorrect “Barbies” as their entry in the Doo Dah Parade.

From the Gold Line’s Sierra Madre Villa Station, you can walk or bicycle to the parade (it’s about a mile), or take the Foothill Transit 187 bus from the station to Colorado and San Gabriel Blvds.

See the maps below for details.

Map for walking or biking to the parade.

Walk or bike from the Sierra Madre Villa station to the parade.

Bus map to the parade.

Take the Foothill Transit 187 bus from Sierra Madre Villa to the parade.

The 35th Occasional Doo Dah Parade
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 11 am — approximately 1 pm
Colorado Blvd. between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

four female impersonators dressed in black with lace collars and cuffs call themselves the Lace Grannies

The Lace Grannies get ready to roll down Colorado Blvd. in the Doo Dah Parade.

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