Friday, January 30, 2009
The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is a popular farcical and flamboyant parade held in Pasadena, California about once a year, usually in the fall or winter. Conceived in 1976 by several friends, and Peter Apanel, Ted Wright, Charles "Skip" Finnell, among others, sitting in a bar called "CHROMOS" (Which no longer exists) in Pasadena, as a response to the traditional formality of the Rose Parade, which is also held in Pasadena. In 1976 January first fell on a Sunday, and the Rose Parade which takes place on January 1, will not happen on a Sunday. So they decided it would be fun to have an alternate parade on January 1 that year. Some of the early participants were Wright as first Grand Marshall, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, The Lawn mower drill team, The Briefcase drill team and General Hershey Bar, among many others. The Doo Dah Parade Today features many absurd participants such as the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, The Shopping Cart Drill Team, The Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin, The Men of Leisure Synchronized Nap Team, The Marching Lumberjacks, Claude Rains & the 20-Man Memorial Invisible Man Marching Drill Team, and the Committee for the Right to Bear Arms, a group that marches in precise formations while carrying mannequin arms, and the band "Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, still the Official band. Many groups participate in the Doo Dah Parade as a fundraising effort for various charities. This Parade has spawned many others like it.