The 2016 Occasional Doo Dah Parade: What Did That Look Like?!

All Photos By Billy Bennight for the Los Angeles Beat

All Photos By Billy Bennight for the Los Angeles Beat

Over the last few years the Occasional Doo Dah Parade has migrated from winterish, to springish and has currently settled in the fall. Doo Dah is always the carnival of the absurd where anything that can be imagined can manifest in the most outlandish ways. Doo Dah is a spoof on the Rose Parade that started back in 1977 and has consistently attracted families and iconoclasts in the Pasadena area. The Doo Dah Parade is participatory by its very nature, where lines are blurred between attendees and parade performers. There’s nonsense and non-sense that makes you think.

The Colorado Bar is the nesting/preparation area before the official festivities ensue. Prep involves lubricating with favorite libations and fine tuning a look for maximum impact at the upcoming parade.

All the best Parades have a Queen and this year’s Queen was Meg Cole. She has been a part of the Doo Dah experience since the late ’70s. Queen Meg embodies Doo Dah and presided over the 2016 parade and groovy after-party that included mischief and mayhem. I’ve prepared a photo gallery for your viewing pleasure to relive the fantastic absurdity that is the Occasional Doo Dah Parade, so you all can bask in its glory!

Photo Gallery After The Break


Donald Nino and Taquila Mockingbird of the Apollinaire at Old Oaks Cellars Winery post Doo Dah gig.

Billy Bennight

About Billy Bennight

Billy Bennight is a writer, photographer, and wardrobe stylist with expertise and years of experience in these disciplines. His musical youth started as a Punk Rocker and has expanded into exploring many genres of music, with a keen interest in art, fashion, photography, and writing. He shoots red carpets and celebrity events for Media Punch, AdMedia, and ZUMA Press. He is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and The Los Angeles Press Club. His images have been published in Mother Earth News, Vice, CNN, The Today Show, Wire, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, French Elle, and Vanity Fair. He's very engaged in life. You can follow him on his Facebook page at: and on Instagram and Twitter @billybennight
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