Doo Dah parade crowns queen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALTADENA – Up the long and winding stretch of North Fair Oaks Avenue Sunday, the legendary, bohemian Zorthian Ranch was flooded with people in all manner of colorful costumes and bursting at the seams with rock ‘n’ roll tunes, chili, beer and even bubbles for the Doo Dah Parade Queen tryouts.Unlike the Rose Queen, the queen for the 29th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade could come in any gender or age, taking on almost any form imaginable. The winner, 23-year-old Cherie Flores of Los Angeles, entertained the judges by swirling blazing poi balls on a chain.A role that celebrates individuality, the Doo Dah Queen is expected to represent, well, everything. Tom Coston, president of the Light Bringer Project that bought the rights to the parade from creator Peter Apanel in 1995 for $2, said the queen should be “a little kooky, a little wonderful, a little beautiful, a little funny and a little sexy.”With everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Uncle Fester from “The Addams Family” to a self-proclaimed “Desperate Non-Housewife” on hand Sunday afternoon, the judges had their pick of the litter. For her first Doo Dah Queen tryout, “Jumpin’ Joan” Dow, 41, of Sierra Madre came dressed as not-your-average cheerleader, wearing a bright blue wig and matching lipstick, a yellow jersey, giant fake, pointy breasts and an electric blue skirt. She carried and waved blue and yellow pompoms.“I pumped them up special for today,” she told an onlooker, pointing to her enormous chest. Dow supporters Karen and Brian Utke, 45, brought their 7-year-old son Joe, whose hair was spiked up and dyed in a green, red, orange and blue rainbow of sorts. All three wore tie-dyed T-shirts.“We wanted to let kids know that adults can unwind, too,” said Karen Utke, an admitted child of the ’70s herself, of why so many children were in attendance. Little did many of the attendees know that there was a narrowly avoided protest. Sue Behrens and her sister Ellen Hoffman, both of Sierra Madre, were co-Doo Dah queens in 1993, back when the queen was chosen by Apanel. Behrens said she planned to protest the fact that none of the queens from 1993 and prior, when Apanel was in charge, had been asked to be judges since the Light Bringer Project took over the parade.But at the last moment, Behrens got the call to be a judge.“I have a picket sign all ready,” she said, laughing. Her boyfriend, Steve Vargas, was playing guitar Sunday afternoon with his band, Horses on Astroturf, at the ranch. [email protected](626) 578-6300, EXT. 4496last_img

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