Friday, March 29, 2013

Pasadena Doo Dah Queen tryouts April 7

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Queen Tryouts for the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Are Open to All on Sunday, April 7th
Current Queen Patrizzi Intergalactica Photo by Tom Holaday
Patricia Hurley                       March 20, 2013
(626) 590-1134 media, contestants, entries
(626) 590-7596 public information

WHERE: Royal mayhem takes place at the American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., in east Pasadena, Between Walnut and Colorado Blvd.(626) 792-9938

WHEN: Sunday, April 7th, 2013 
2:00 pm - Doors Open and live music begins
3:00 - 4:00 pm - Doo Dah Queen Hopefuls Check-In; Judges arrive
4:30 - 7:00 pm - Doo Dah Queen Tryouts 
@ 7:30 pm - New Doo Dah Queen is Crowned

COST: $5 cover; First 20 queen hopefuls to arrive are free! Cash only.

Trying out? please call Doo Dah Hqtrs. at
626-590-1134 and we will answer your questions and give you tips. Tryouts are open to everyoneand we mean it! All are encouraged to dress randomly even if you are coming to watch.

HOW?The first 20 Queen Hopefuls to arrive get in FREE (1 admission per Queen's entourage). Each Queen Hopeful will have a few minutes to WOW the Judges. Microphone and boom box, even drumroll, provided. Be ready to show us and tell us why YOU should be Queen! Bring Loyal Followers and HUMOR! Tell them to buy the judges a beer to get a chance to vote. Hecklers encouraged!

Featuring: The Legendary, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, Horses on Astroturf, Many former Queens, including the reigning Queen Patrizzi Intergarlactica, Skittles, Mickie, Tequila, Sue the Ref, Grand Marshal Alan Zorthian, Goofball Judges, Andrew, Duke of Doo Dah, Prizes, Cheap drinks, Smoking Patio, Pool and Big Screen TV, and lots of dancing.
More about the Tryouts: Individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasions will test their fate to become queen. Contestants are usually outnumbered by equally-costumed judges, who include 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 have perennially tried out are, 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. Queen Eric(a) Valentine, of Glendale was a show stopper in 2010 with his searing guitar licks, and a 17-year old named Red Rosie who transformed from school girl to Wonder Woman in seconds while singing a Kaye Star song. Last year, judges selected Patrizzi Intergarlictica, for her gold sequin dress and strange dance against flashlights, a retro Bond-girl meets Liz Taylor Eqyptian style. Other favorites have included Roobie Breastnut, former burlesque star, as Sarah Palin, Crystal Lightner, local diva of Altadena, Jezzelynn on stilts, and twirling marionette dolls.

Even More Info on Queen Tryouts: 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. The 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Saturday, April 27th stepping off at 11:00am on the streets of East Pasadena. To enter the parade simply go to the website and fill out a form, or call for more information on Tryouts or Entries (626) 590-1134; Public Parade Information Hotline: (626) 590-7596.

Queen Tequila, Dr. Doug and Johnny Swain judging at the Queen Tryouts 
Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!
Saturday, April 27, 11:00am

Entry Forms and information to be found on the website: 

Queen Cherry Capri, Photo by Julie Klima 
(Header photo: Queen Skittles (Julie Klima) self portrait)

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