Announcing a new Meetup for The Social Detective Agency: Discovering LA's SubCultures!
What: Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts (& Party)
When: Saturday, February 13, 2010 2:00 PM
Cover Charge: $5.00 per person
American Legion East Pasadena Post 280
179 North Vinedo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91107
The 33rd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is seeking its queen.
Hopefuls will be allowed three minutes to show off their talent and wit. Auditions are open to all. Revelers who wish to just watch are welcome. Come dressed in your wacky best.
Admission is $5. Proceeds support American Legion charities.
The parade will be held May 1.NOTE
: When they say "Queen," they don't mean that
kind of queen! They mean "Queen" as in "Queen of the Rose Bowl Parade."
Doo Dah Queen Tryouts
Open to All!
First 20 queens hopefuls to arrive are admitted free-of-charge!!!!!!
$5.00 for everybody else at the door.
Food, pitchers of beer and well drinks at nominal (cheap) prices!
2:00 pm - Doors
($5 cover to Legion's charity; 1st 20 queen hopefuls to arrive are free)
3:00 pm - Queen Tryouts!
Open to everyone and we mean it! All invited and all are encouraged to dress randomly. Each Queen Hopeful will have a few minutes to WOW the Judges. Microphone and boom box provided. Be ready to show us and tell us why YOU should be Queen!
The first 20 Queen Hopefuls to arrive get in FREE!
Featuring: Horses on Astroturf before and during tryouts, The Legendary, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies post Queen Crowning! 2009 Queen Skittles, Former Queens, Mickie, Tequila, Kavita, Sabrina Diva, Mercy, Saphira and Saphrona, Queen Sue, also the Ref, Peculiar Judges, Andrew Duke of Doo Dah, Prizes, Cheap drinks, Affordable Hot Food, Smoking Patio, Pool and Big Screen TV!
What is this all about?
To find out, read this highly amusing account of a previous Queen Tryout. It sounds like a joke, but it's all true. I know; I was there!
24-year old, Julie Klima (aka ?Skittles?), with her signature pink doll-like hair, won over judges? hearts on Sunday afternoon at the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts. The eclectic event was held at the American Legion Hall in east Pasadena. A current resident of Glendale, Klima, confesses she hardly remembers her presentation. ?It was very noisy,? she said, ?and people loved that I love colors and dress colorfully.? An Art Center Photography Graduate (2006), she brought camera and props, and spent most of the afternoon playing with the judges who posed for her pictures. She also schlepped their beers. A freelance photographer, Queen Julie will be taking her own self-portrait as queen, and is starting a series of Official Royal Portraits of the Doo Dah Queens. She also plans to ?show some love? to the people camping out the night before the Rose Parade, where she also plans to ?have a fun party that everyone?s invited to.?
More about the Tryouts: As anticipated, individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasions tested their fate to become queen. Twenty one contestants were outnumbered by equally-costumed judges, including many former queens, and another hundred or so parade entrants, tryout supporters, Legion members, and the curious public. The town-hall setting with long tables in beer-fest style, crock pot chili, and legendary Doo Dah House Band, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies on stage, set the mood for the lively caucus. Among those who tried out were, Count Smokula, Santa?s Bad Elf, belly dancer, Narayana, a smoking Amy Winehouse, Queen Mother Teresa Kennedy, the Swami from El Monte, Sabrina the Stimulus Package, Second-Hand Rose Queen, Crystal, Gopher Girl, Buffy the Dog, Ms. Laurel, Pinball Lizard, Mama ?J?, and Miss Boy Frances. 1st Runner up and second place went to bass guitarist, Eric(a) Valentine, also of Glendale. 2nd Runner up was a tie between Roobie Breastnut, former burlesque star, as Sarah Palin, and Crystal Lightner, local diva of Altadena.
Even More Info: Organizers staged the first public tryouts in 1998 at a Gothic house on stilts. It then moved to the famed Zorthian Ranch, in Altadena. This and other parodies of Pasadena?s ?Other Parade? have fueled Doo Dah?s colorful and controversial life on Colorado Boulevard.
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/SocialDetective/calendar/12196269/