Pasadena Gets a “Sassy Classy” Doo Dah Parade Queen

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By MADELYN PENNINO with Community Correspondent MARIE QUINN | Photography by MARIE QUINN

5:18 am | October 29, 2018


Pasadena has another queen this morning after the coronation of Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen Jennipha-Laurén Nielsen, known as the “Sassy Classy Pasadena Princess Now Queen!”

Queen Sassy Classy took the reigns of the November 18 wild and crazy Doo Dah Parade spectacle from last year’s Queen Imani Phoenix (Armond Anderson-Bell,) at an hours-long boisterous Queen tryout Sunday afternoon and evening at the American Legion Hall in East Pasadena.

Nielsen said the Doo Dah Parade is a coming together of people from all different backgrounds.

“It’s where diversity and creativity are celebrated, the kind of s%#* that launches rockets into space and put a man on the moon,” Nielsen said in a statement. “It is the best part of Pasadena, it’s of the people for the people.”

Nielsen is the founder and CEO of the ONE World Project, a community-based initiative focused on providing programs and advocacy in an effort to address problematic global issues, according to her LinkedIn page.

Nielsen said she also served as student body president at California State University at Los Angeles. In addition, she was a student representative the CSULA Foundation, which provides community expertise, oversight and advocacy to increase private giving to and manage the philanthropic assets of the university, a university document stated.

She said she was crowned Miss California World in 2011, where she used her platform to advocate for funding higher education and provide programs for girls and minority students to explore the fields of science and technology, according to her online biography.

Most recently, she has been a spokesperson for a group called Universal Education, Gender Equality and Rights for Persons with Disabilities, according to her bio.

Organizers staged the first Doo Dah Queen tryouts in 1998 at a Gothic house on stilts. It then moved to the famed Zorthian Ranch, in Altadena. This and other parodies of the Rose Parade have fueled Doo Dah’s colorful and controversial life on Colorado Boulevard.

This year’s Doo Dah Parade will be on Sunday, Nov. 18 beginning on East Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. between Altadena Dr. and San Gabriel Blvd. For entry forms or for more information visit https://pasadenadoodahparade.info/