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The (Doo-Dah) Queen is Dead! Long Live the (Doo-Dah) Queen!

The 33rd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade – the significantly more light-hearted relative of the Rose Parade -- is on May 1, and the Doo Dah organizers are looking for a new Queen.

Tryouts are on February 13 at 2pm at the American Legion on 179 N. Vinedo in Pasadena. I’ve encouraged Queena Kim, Off-Ramp producer and co-host of CyberFrequencies to try out. She is wise, cruel, and is already named Queena. But she doesn’t want to have to get up really early on the day of the parade. (Please use the comments section below to encourage Queena to try out. Offer enticements like cocoanut macaroons from El Pavo, money, dry goods, free landscaping services, etc.)

So what does being the Doo Dah Queen entail?

I asked Michelle Mills (above), the Pasadena Star-News reporter and blogger, who reigned under the name Naughty Mickie two years ago, how being Queen changed her life, and if she has advice for the new Queen – or Queena. Michelle writes:

I never was homecoming queen, head cheerleader, nor had the lead role in the play, but I was the 31st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen (2007/2008). My reign brought many opportunities and responsibilities, but the biggest change in my life was becoming a celebrity.

I still get stopped when I go out by people asking for an autograph or to pose in a photo with me. It's even stranger when I'm doing my job as a journalist and my interview subject gushes that they are honored to speak with me! I have had to become more aware of how I conduct myself in public and try to never have a bad hair day.

A few tips for a truly royal reign:

1. Be gracious, kind, understanding and patient in all situations. You are not only representing the Doo Dah Parade, but the Light Bringer Project and Pasadena.

2. During interviews and appearances, be sure to mention that the funds from the parade support the Light Bringer Project's endeavors to make art and art education accessible to children.

3. Come up with a signature phrase. I have two: "Don't dream it, do it!" and "You can draw a lot more flies with honey than you can with vinegar, but they'll eat anything if you rip off their wings."

4. Let your crazy-fun side shine! This is your moment, relish it.

5. Glitter. You can never have too much glitter.

Now carry on, as you were!

Thanks, former Queen Naughty Mickie, who, by the way, will join us on the next Off-Ramp to tell us more about how her reign changed her lives and the lives of her subjects.