All the Doo Dah day!

first_imgAlso on hand were the Men of Leisure and their Synchronized Napping Team, which featured a group of comfortably clad men fluffing their pillows in unison and collapsing in feigned sleep as they were led by a sleepy drummer being rolled around on a mobile La-Z-Boy recliner. Whether they were peaceniks calling for the impeachment of President Bush or part of the Afro-wearing Disco Drill Team, the parade’s 1,500 marchers kept first-time parade spectator Amy Rios well entertained. “I like how everyone is kind of relaxed around each other here, just having fun,” said Rios, of Los Angeles. “No one is really too preoccupied with how they look or their image. They are all just having a good time.” And despite the seemingly pointless lunacy of the parade, organizer Tom Coston said there is a serious side to Doo Dah. While parade viewing is free, marchers pay an entry fee that benefits the Lightbringer Project. “We are a nonprofit cultural arts organization and we do a lot of arts and learning programs in the schools that are actually very serious,” said Coston, temporarily stepping out of his persona of “Crown Prince of Doo Dah.” “We take kids out of school and give them real life working experience, help them get into the college level work, and to figure out career pathways,” he said. Then Coston suddenly turned non-serious. “But once a year we think Pasadena deserves a day where we can all laugh and have fun,” he said. “That is what Doo Dah is all about.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 11/19: Doo Dah parade • Video: Doo Dah paradePASADENA – The 30th annual Doo Dah Parade on Sunday followed part of the route of its more famous cousin, the Tournament of Roses Parade. But that is where the similarities between the two events end. In fact, Doo Dah marchers make the trek along Colorado Boulevard in the opposite direction of their Rose Parade counterparts – east to west, as opposed to the other way around. An apt choice, and perhaps symbolic of how Doo Dah pretty much turns everything the Rose Parade stands for on its head. Where the Rose Parade has a stealth bomber flyover, Doo Dah has ancient World War II fighters buzzing overhead. The Rose Queen and her Royal Court wear the finest gowns and jewels money can buy, while Doo Dah Queens Saphira and Saffrona, the Zorthian Nymph Snake Sisters, didn’t wear much of anything. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’It is unclear whether the estimated 40,000 spectators expected to turn out for the parade actually materialized, as Pasadena police officials did not have an adequate estimate of the crowd. But those thousands who did turn up seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. “It is just something totally unique and different, and I love it,” said Paul Hutchison of Newport Beach, who had admired the parade from afar for years via TV coverage but finally made the trek to Pasadena this year to accompany a friend for his birthday. “I think it should be nationwide.” Hutchison isn’t the only one with the idea of franchising Doo Dah. Columbus, Ohio, already holds its own Doo Dah Parade every Fourth of July, inspired by the Pasadena original. Columbus’ parade organizers likely have a long way to catch up with their counterparts here on the West Coast, who have had 30 years to perfect their kooky craft. Among the more than 100 entries making their way down Raymond Avenue and Colorado Boulevard on Sunday were the Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin, who wore costumes based on Marvin characters and who were led by a hearse with a sign imploring spectators to “Rent a Marvin Movie Tonight!” last_img

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