Pasadena’s irreverent Doo Dah Parade takes its annual hijinks online this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. You can view it here.

The eccentric parade, annually held the weekend before Thanksgiving, will take in cyberspace, according to Tom Coston of Light Bringer Project, producers of the 43rd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.

“This becomes a great opportunity to time capsule Doo Dah into the universe! It’s not just going to be pictures of people in funny hats, but what it will be is going to surprise us as much as you. Imagine ‘Housewives of …Moscow,”‘ he said.

The oddball and very nontraditional event began Sunday, Jan. 1, 1978, when the regulars at Chromo’s Bar and Grill in Old Pasadena noticed people camped out for the Rose Parade. Because the Rose Parade is never held on a Sunday, there was a captive audience available, so the group created an alternative event, which weaved its way down Colorado Boulevard in its own, satirical way. The parade subsequently dubbed itself the “twisted sister of the Rose Parade,” according to the event’s website.

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Among the early participants were the business-suit-clad Briefcase Drill Team, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies and the precision Lawn Mower Drill Team, setting the appropriate goofy tone.

Since then, the parade has continued to evolve, getting some help from the folks at Light Bringer, a nonprofit, Pasadena-based organization took over its operations in 1995 and uses the parade as part of its fundraising effort supporting the arts and education.

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While there is generally a ton of goofiness on display, the march isn’t all fun and games. Some of the satire focuses on serious topics. Last year, among the causes supported by parade entrants was a statement of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong. Organizations including The Great Firewall of China Marching Brigade, Visual Artists Guild, China Democracy Party, Hong Kong Forum Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Chinese Democracy Platform asked parade-goers to write to members of the World Economic Forum, asking them to “bring justice, human rights and democracy to Hong Kong.”

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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