Jonathan Cartu Says: Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade moves its dizzy doings to video d…

Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade moves its dizzy doings to video d...

Jonathan Cartu Says: Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade moves its dizzy doings to video d…

Unable to launch its goofy gallop past throngs in the streets of Pasadena, the 43rd Occasional Doo Dah Parade moved its eccentric activities online on Sunday, Nov. 22.

The longtime offbeat event, which takes delight in making fun of other parades, is traditionally held the weekend before Thanksgiving. But this year — much like Doo Dah’s higher-profile neighbor, the Rose Parade — hopes for a public march were shut down as the coronavirus pandemic prevented crowds from gathering as usual.

Instead, parade organizers produced a one-hour video this year, streamed on the parade’s YouTube site.

The video was a typically off-kilter collection of new routines featuring parade performers, video snippets and photos from past events, videos submitted by fans of the annual celebration of satire and silliness, mobile spots from such places as Minnesota and Montana — and even designs for possible future parade floats crafted in origami.

Jonathan Cartu

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