`Oh, Doo Dah day’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Those observing the 29th occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Sunday afternoon could not help but draw comparisons to Mardi Gras.“It has the feel and the spirit,” said second-time Doo Dah watcher Kathy Boucher, 55, of Arcadia. “It saves us a trip to New Orleans.”At the parade’s starting point on North Raymond Avenue near Holly Street, those sitting back in lawn chairs and standing with their hands shading the hot afternoon sun were greeted with the sights of everything from dancing Hare Krishnas in orange robes to a flatbed truck carrying lounging “Stogie Men” and a life-size, smoking cigar to a pack of rescued basset hounds in search of new owners.Tom Coston, president of the Light Bringer Project that has organized the parade since 1995, said this was the largest the parade had been since his group had been running the show. He estimated about 35,000 to 40,000 people present, including more than 105 groups participating and about 140 volunteers assisting.Coston and actor/comedian Fred Willard did commentary throughout the two-hour parade, which Coston said will air on the Travel and Discovery channels in the next month.Since next year will be the 30th anniversary of the parade, Coston said he is thinking of having the procession loop throughout Old Pasadena. The band Snotty Scotty and the Hankies kicked off the festivities with The Rivieras’ “Warm California Sun” as the temperature rose.Some people were brave enough to bring their children. Hopefully, they were also brave enough to protect them from flying hot dogs, courtesy of the 2005 Doo Dah grand marshals, the Barbecue & Hibachi Marching Grill Team. [email protected](626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496last_img read more