Like the Rose Parade, the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is a quintessential L.A. holiday event. Unlike the New Year’s Day snoozer, the Doo Dah is an antidote to all the Christmas sentimentality, with nary a chrysanthemum, horse or marching band in sight. So sit on the sidelines along Colorado Boulevard and wave to the more than 90 entries, including perennial favorites Howdy Krishna, Flying Baby Field Goal, Radioactive Chickenheads, L.A. Derby Dolls, Bearded Ladies, Partying Parrotheads, The World’s Tallest Girl Scout, Clown Doctors from Outer Space and, of course, Secret Santa leading a conga line. This year’s parade will be led by Queen Jesselynn Desmond, while Seismo Sue (Caltech seismologist Susan Hough) and her Seismo Sistahs will be the grand marshals.

Along Colorado Blvd., between Altadena Drive & San Gabriel Boulevard, Pasadena; Sun., Nov. 24, 11 a.m.; free.

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