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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Honoring Doo Dah

This past Sunday in the gardens of the Fenyes Mansion on the grounds of the Pasadena Museum of History there was a special cocktail party and fund-raiser for an important retrospective.

Next month the museum will open the exhibition "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been: 35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade."

At the event Sunday, many of the Doo Dah queens and grand marshals from throughout the years were joined by the parade organizers and other guests.

Their majesties:

Six of the queens dancing to the music of official Doo Dah band Snotty Scotty and Hankies, which has been in every parade since year one:

2011 queen Red Rosie and 2011 grand marshal Ron Stivers:

Official Doo Dah photographer Brian Biery flanked by Doo Dah aficionados Judy Kent and Jan Sanders:

(That's 2009 Doo Dah grand marshal Charles Phoenix seated at left above.)

Doo Dah czar Tom Coston welcomed everyone and read a vintage letter to the editor in the Pasadena Star-News in which the writer slammed the very first Doo Dah Parade as being an evil afront to all things conservative in Pasadena at the time.

And then today at City Hall, photographer Julie Klima, who happens to be the 2009 Doo Dah queen, took photos of a few of us at City Hall to be included in the exhibition.

Here's Tom Coston and Paddy Hurley of the Light Bringer Project reviewing some photos on Julie's camera:

And yours truly, the 2012 grand marshal:

I'll have more information about the exhibition in early August. It's going to be a blast!


  1. Ann, given your tremendous resources and connections, can you help me establish whether it was in the 1978 or 1979 Doo Dah Parade that "the World's Largest Tap Dance Troupe" first appeared? I have the feeling it may have been the latter in which my little sister and I tapped together down Colorado Blvd (with a hundred or so others). Thanks!

    1. I believe it was 1978, the Red Shoes parade entry.

  2. This will be lots of fun. I'm looking forward to it.

  3. Would have loved hearing that first review of the parade. I don't think I made the DooDah parade it's first year but soon after - The Doo dah Parade, the Expresso bar and folk dancing at Caltech

    sweet youth