They Never Promised Us a Rose Parade

Since 1978, the Doo Dah Parade has existed as the public face of the high weirdness that seems to manifest throughout the greater metropolitan Pasadena area -- and it's a joyous, deeply wacky occasion that enters its 36th year of sincere surrealism and off-kilter fun. Some of this year's entries include enunciation enthusiast Sandra Tsing Loh and her phalanx of lab-coated JPL scientists in a convertible Cadillac; Grand Marshal Alan Zorthian, the son of the late artist Jirayr, who founded the bohemian artist paradise in Altadena known as the Zorthian Ranch; the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, which cooks hot dogs along the parade route, shooting them from brat-zookas for the delight and delectation of the crowd; and Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, an outfit that has led every single one of the 36 Doo Dah Parades. This year's parade is tinged with a bit of sorrow, however: Jim Kemp, creator of Doo Dah favorite the Synchronized Briefcase Drill Team (which appeared in the video for Jackson Browne's "Lawyers in Love") died July 13. East Colorado Boulevard between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard, Pasadena; Sat., April 27, 11 a.m.; free. (626) 590-1134, pasadenadoodahparade.info.
Sat., April 27, 11 a.m., 2013

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