Another Majesty About to be Crowned: Pasadena Doo-Dah Parade Queen Tryouts Are on Sunday

Published : Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 5:07 AM

Doo Dah Queen hopefuls have only three minutes to wow judges on Sunday in order to be chosen as the official figurehead for the wackiest parade in the West, scheduled to spread down Pasadena streets in November.

The tryouts are open to the public. Raucous, often unruly, the festivities are the antithesis of events associated with Pasadena’s other parade. Called farcical and flamboyant, the Parade was conceived in 1978.

One thing that sets the Doo Dah Queen tryouts pageant apart from most other traditional processions is there are no limits, at all, when it comes to qualifying its royal applicants.

However, you must prove your talent with a tryout performance that includes singing, juggling or any showing off any talent for three minutes.

Officials encourage “original” acts by the Queen Hopefuls, who are asked to check in at 2 p.m., October 28. Judges will take their seats at 3:15 for the tryouts show that starts at 3:30 p.m. (All times are extremely approximate.)

The year’s royal mayhem will unravel at the American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., in Pasadena.

This year’s 41st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah parade is scheduled for Sunday, November 18.

Entrants who will stroll, roll, dance and parade down Colorado Boulevard include dozens of different participants like the Pony Baloney Express, Radioactive Chickenheads, Free Thought Society, Unich Band, Count Smokula and more.

Public transportation, including city buses, will go directly to the area, and Uber and Lyft rides are also recommended as transportation.

Officials encourage parade attendees to come early and bring a lawn chair.

When the parade ends, late-night adult after parties begin and are all within close walking distance. The American Legion party begins immediately following the event.

Down the street, the famous Colorado Bar, located at 2640 E. Colorado Blvd. will feature live bands, gratis chips and drinks. Other parties include the PooBah Record Party, hosted by Pasadena’s favorite independent music store at 2636 E. Colorado Blvd., and will feature a live band and a DJ.

Parade Day is Sunday, November 18 and begins on East Pasadena and Colorado Blvd.

“Not a rose will be harmed in the making of this parade,” according to the parade website.

For more information on the Doo Dah Parade, click here.

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