Doo Dah Parade is an annual event that takes place in Pasadena, California in the US, usually during the winter days or fall. Although the event was initially started in Pasadena, it is now held at various locations at Ohio, Ocean City, Columbus, etc. During this event, a number of musical acts and performances take place. The recent events saw many fund raising activities.
Why it was started?
The event first took place in Pasadena in the year 1978. It was started by a group of friends sitting in a bar named ‘Chromo’s’. At that time, an event known as Rose Parade was quite popular in Pasadena, which was usually organized on 1st January every year. However, in 1978, this day was a Sunday, and the organizers had no intention to hold this event on a Sunday. The group of friends sitting in Chromo’s decided to have an alternate event on that day, with no particular reason in mind. This was the first ever Doo Dah Parade.
Modern Doo Dah Parade :
Although it was started for no specific reason, it serves a social purpose now. Many participant groups raise money for charity through performances. However, apart from these groups, the event is also known for the variety of participants it features. Some are unique and some are really absurd. The participants include The Men of Leisure Synchronized Nap Team, Claude Rains & 20-Man Memorial Invisible Marching Drill Team, Dr Steel’s Army of Toy Soldiers, Count Smokula, etc. The official band of the event is ‘Snotty Scotty and the Hankies’. From 2010, the event was shifted from January to May 1 every year. However, the date for Doo Dah Parade 2012 is yet to be decided.
Initially, for a few years, the Doo Dah Parade was witnessed only in Pasadena in California. However, it is now held in many other places like Columbus, Ocean City, Ohio, etc.
For those who want to take part in the event, there is no entry fee for the participants, One can simply take their props and costumes, and join the Parade.