Pasadena, California is a beautiful city. It has many attractions, traditions, and institutions to amuse and educate residents and visitors alike. If you had to single out one thing that makes Pasadena world famous, it would probably be the yearly Tournament of Roses Parade. The Rose Parade has a proud history that goes back to 1890. Every year on January 1st, millions of people worldwide tune in to watch its beautifully decorated floral parade floats cruise down Pasadena’s streets. In 1902, the Rose Bowl college football game was added to the festivities to help defray the cost of the parade.
The massive popularity of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl turned a Pasadena tradition into an international occasion. Native Pasadenans still turn out in droves to watch the Rose Parade. However, they began to feel as though the parade belonged to the whole world, not them. Many locals wanted an alternative to the Rose Parade that more closely reflected Pasadena’s rich culture. This desire for a parade of their own spawned the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Most everyone calls it the Doo Dah Parade, but the official name of the event is the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. It’s also referred to as the Rose Parade’s twisted sister, and by many other charming, affectionate terms.
While the parade organizers tout the fact that the Doo Dah Parade is an alternative to the Rose Parade, it’s certainly not “anti” anything. It’s a zany tribute to the offbeat culture in the area.