Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This is Your Year

Do you want to rule Doo Dah? This is your year to be queen. Sunday is your day to prove it. Here is your info:

WHERE: The American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., Pasadena
Cross street is Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-9938

WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 2013
2:00 pm - Doors Open and Live Music begins
3:00-4:00 pm - Queen Hopefuls Check-In
4:30ish pm - Queen Tryouts Start

COST:  $5  cover; 1st 20 queen hopefuls to arrive are free! 1 admission per Queen Entourage.*
Trying out? Call 626-590-1134 and we will answer your questions and give you tips. Open to everyone, and we mean it! All are encouraged to dress randomly even if coming to watch.

WHAT: Each Queen Hopeful will have a few minutes to WOW the Judges. Microphone and boom box, even drumroll, provided. Be ready to show us and tell us why YOU should be Queen! Bring Loyal Followers and HUMOR!

Then, mark your calendar for the 36TH OCCASIONAL PASADENA DOO DAH PARADE, to be held Saturday, April 27th, on Colorado Boulevard between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard in east Pasadena.

Stepping off at 11:00AM and daring to go where no parade has gone before, this year's parade will bring its own brand of raucous eccentricity to Pasadena's east side.  The cost is always free.

Can you tell I copied this from a press release? I'm copying just a little more, because the currently-reigning queen and soon-to-be-outgoing queen, Patrizzi Intergarlactica, has this advice for you:

1. Channel the Tim Burton, Monty Python, Karl and Groucho Marx spirit world.
2. Open your heart.
3. Say yes.
4. Leave your favorite sunglasses in a safe place when cavorting.
5. Know that your inner azimuth will become dented and bewobble from here on out.

*could be a bargain, depending on the size of your entourage.


JM said...

What a funny sign! :-) Love it.

savannah said...

the doo dah parade! now that's one parade i really do miss seeing! xoxoxo

Petrea Burchard said...

The Doo Dah Parade is an invitation for the silly and weird to come out and be themselves. I have seen naked ladies, precision baguette drill teams (pictured), and city officials decked in streamers.


I love it! Why can't every town have a Doo Dah parade? I also love the make cheese not war, I hope it catches on:)

Deb said...

Love the way all the precision baguettes are out of step with each other! Sure to be a hoot on Sunday.

Katie said...

Such a great tradition! I bet the tryouts on Sunday will be almost as fun to watch as the parade (and you don't have to worry about open container laws at the bar). I'm not sure I could channel anyone Doo Dah-worthy so I don't think I'm Queen material though. Berkeley used to have a similar parade called How Berkeley Can You Be, but I don't think they do it now which is a bummer. I miss seeing huge drivable cupcakes and art cars.

Petrea Burchard said...

Lulu, I believe this was/is the answer to Pasadena's world famous, and very structured, Tournament of Roses Parade. It's a healthy town that has both.

Perfection in imperfection, Deb.

There's still a San Francisco parade, is there not, Katie? I know it's a trek for you, though.

Margaret said...

I nominate you, Petrea. Come as your own knight in shining. armor.

Petrea Burchard said...

Now that would be publicity!

I think I'm too inhibited to be Queen, Margaret.

Desiree said...

Inhibited actor? Now that's an oxymoron--

Petrea Burchard said...

Yes, but the Doo Dah Queen isn't really acting.

altadenahiker said...

I was kind of hoping Dianne would run for a second term.

Petrea Burchard said...

It's hard to imagine a better queen. We'll see what the tryouts bring.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Dianne could create a new identity. It's all about breaking the rules

Ms M said...

Just what we all need! I wish we had one in Boise.

Petrea Burchard said...

I love that, PA, what an excellent idea.

Ms M, you could start one.

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

Love you xoxo

Petrea Burchard said...

Your reign will never end, Patrizzi.