Pasadena's Doo Dah Parade, the Rose Parade's 'twisted sister,' returns

A teenager dressed as the eight-ball in a game of pool runs through the Pasadena streets during last year's Doo Dah Parade.
A teenager dressed as the eight-ball in a game of pool runs through the Pasadena streets during last year's Doo Dah Parade. LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images

Saturday marks the 35th year of Pasadena's Doo Dah Parade. And while there will be floats, cheering fans in lawn chairs and even a queen, organizer Tom Coston says that everything about this parade is a little bit twisted.

“We see people that dress like whatever their alter ego is that day," Coston pseudo-explains. "So everybody should think about that. What’s your alter ego? Go out and show it to the public.”

The Doo Dah Parade calls itself a spoof on Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade, which is held every New Year’s Day.

Just imagine the dress you’ll see on this year’s queen, Patrizzi Intergarlactica. She and her loyal subjects will navigate a one-mile route that loops on Colorado Boulevard between Altadena and San Gabriel Boulevards in East Pasadena.

Along the route, expect to see human billiard balls, a disco drill team and a songbird robot brigade. Following the parade, you can hear tunes from Doo Dah’s official band, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, who will play a set at the American Legion’s official after party.

Organizers say everyone’s welcome and it’s not too late to sign up.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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