29th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah
By Princess Naughty Mickie
You may rise. Oh, weren't you kneeling in the presence of my royal
attitude? You should have been, after all I was a real princess
when I went down the route of the 29th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah
Parade on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. But perhaps, I should
start at the beginning.
I have been involved with Doo Dah for five years now and on the
royal court for the past four. For the uninitiated, the Doo Dah
Parade is one of the weirdest, wackiest events to hit the streets.
Entries range from marching drum corps to ferret fanciers and most
anything in between.
But all this fun is not in folly, proceeds from the parade entries
benefit the Light Bringer Project, which provides art programs for
children and the community, including a mental health art therapy
Auditions for queen were held a week before the parade. I donned a
pink and silver evening gown with an iridescent scarf wrapped
around my waist to create a peplum of sorts, glittery pink pumps,
pink mitts and glittery jewelry.
Travel Channel was on site, as they are filming a new series on
parades and festivals hosted by Fred Willard. They cornered me for
an interview and wished me luck.
When it was my turn to show my talent, I sang "Fever" with Horses
on Astroturf, the in-house band for the event. The guys were so
good, that I was tempted to listen rather than vocalize! During
the break in the song, I danced with my swords, just to splash
Next came the questions from the panel of judges. They weren't too
harsh this year, for a change, but one judge asked me if I could
really use my sword. I promptly challenged the emcee, Duke of Doo
Dah Prince Andrew, who was in armor, to a duel. I think I won, but
he contends that he was easy on me because he was in armor and I
was in an evening gown. I came away with second runner-up-- not
On parade day, I was invited by Don the King of Candy to ride in
his black Corvette down the route. I had my "entourage," Valerie
Liebe, with me, who had dressed up for the occasion and she joined
me in the car.
I balanced a sword on my head as we traveled along and we both
waved to the crowd. Don had strains of "The Candyman" blowing
through his speakers and walked the route tossing candy to
children and adults alike. This was definitely the best Doo Dah
Parade I had been in!
After the parade, the revelers took the party from the streets
down to the Old Town Pub and McMurphy's, where the beer and music
flowed. We danced, mingled, partied and had a blast.
Asked if I planned to try out for queen again, I said, "You bet.
Who wouldn't want to be part of the biggest party in Pasadena?"
For more on the parade, visit
and watch for the Travel
Channel's new series in January or March.