Doo-Dah Parade Queen Try-Outs, Coronation Set for Next Sunday

Published : Monday, October 14, 2019 | 5:24 AM

It’s time to pick another Pasadena parade Queen: organizers of the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade have announced this year’s Queen tryouts and Coronation are on for this weekend.

The 2019 Doo Dah, twisted sister of the Rose Parade, will roll, march, and strut its wacky way down Colorado Boulevard on Sunday, November 24.

The Queen tryouts and judging will unravel on Sunday, October 20, when Royal Mayhem takes place at the American Legion Bar at 179 N. Vinedo Street in Pasadena.

During the tryout, folks of every gender, shape, age, and persuasion test their meddle (and the onlookers’) to become the 2019 Doo Dah Queen.

Each Queen Hopeful is free to bring a posse of loyal followers, and when they face the judges, each contestant will have three minutes to wow the judges, and show and explain why they should be Queen.

Having a posse of followers sometimes does a lot of good for the contestants, since showing queen spirit could influence the judges, organizers explained in a statement, who went on to say that “buying a few beers for parade organizers could help you become a judge and vote during the contest.”

The official contest starts at 3 p.m., but contestant check-in starts at 2 p.m., when doors open to the public as well. At 3:15 p.m., the judges take their seats, and the tryoute begin at 3:30 p.m. Before the night is over, a New Doo Dah Queen will be crowned.

At the American Legion, the contest venue has a town-hall setting with long tables in a beer-fest style where hot food and inexpensive drinks are on sale, and the Doo Dah House Band, New Astroturf, will set the mood for the lively caucus.

The contest is open to all contenders and observers. There is a $5 cover, but it’s free for the first 20 queen contestants, the organizers said.

Queen hopefuls can get some tips on how to wow the judges by calling (626) 590-1134.

On Parade Day, which this year celebrates 42 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena, more than a thousand participants will be joining in the fun from all over Southern California.

Over 90 entries, including zany art cars and floats, eccentrics, disruptors, political pundits, artists, lone wolves and steam punks, will accompany a legion of revelers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets. Organizers said this year’s parade features the more new entries than ever before.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m., and loops along Colorado Boulevard, between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard, in East Pasadena. Immediately following the event, many after-parties normally take place in the parade vicinity.

The organizers said a partial lineup for this year’s parade includes LuluBob Space Shuttle, Wisdom Arts Lab. Howdy Krishna, Flying Baby Field Goal, Professor Pigeon’s Flying Library, Radioactive Chickenheads, Dr. Steele’s Army of Toy Soldiers, Unicorns with Palaces, L.A. Derby Dolls, Nintendo Kids, Free Thought Society, Bearded Ladies, Saucer from Bakersfield, Titanic, Mister Clops, Gay Chefs, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic Sword Swallower, Trashion Show, The World’s Tallest Girl Scout, Sneaky Haircuts, Devilicious, Honeybee and the Paddlewheel, Recumbent Revolution, Clown Doctors from Outer Space, and the 2019 Doo Dah Queen and Grand Marshal, among many others.

Close to the end of the parade, Secret Santa, Doo Dah’s take on the North Pole icon, will close the conga line and ring in the holiday season.

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.”

For more about the upcoming 2019 parade and the Doo Dah Queen contest, visit

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