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Cute Animals in Costume: Aaah & Oye Vey!   3 comments

Hollywood & Appa

Hollywood & Appa

Last Saturday saw a march of pets that were adorable, handsome—and dressed in tutus.

One Colorado held a pet day in its courtyard and welcomed the Fun & Furry-licious, the Dressed to the Hilt, and Tricksters.

The “celebrant of kitsch pop culture” Charles Phoenix—in is his eye-popping patterned pants and light blue (not suede) shoes—MC’ed the event, and drew a lot of pet attention (see below).



Hollywood & Appa in their new threads (check out what’s catching Appa’s eye)
Appa: Hmmm, these shoes look kinda nice…

The lone bunny contestant who stayed safely in its owner’s embrace


Bella & Elysee


© 2012 Kat Ward



Posted April 23, 2012 by Kat Ward in My Posts Hometown Pasadena

Do You Wannabe Doo Dah Queen?   Leave a comment

Doo Dah Parade 2011 (Xinhua: Qi Heng)

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade 2011 (Xinhua/Qi Heng)

Do you have a craving, a secret aspiration, or a hidden desire…to be Queen?

This Sunday, April Fools Day—which is very appropriate—are the tryouts for the 35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen.

This “caucus” will be held at the American Legion Bar (again, very appropriate…or maybe it’s not, which is entirely appropriate!). Check-in begins at 3 p.m., with tryouts from 4:30-7, and the crowning of this year’s queen will be at 7:30.

Past Queens like Tequila Mockingbird, Naughty Mickie and Skittles will be on hand, and musical entertainment will be provided by Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, Horses on Astroturf, and the Doo Dah House Band. Cheap drinks, a smoking patio, pool, crock pot chili, and dancing all awaits those eager to tryout, support, or even heckle—which is officially endorsed.

2008 Doo Dah Queen Naughty Mickie

2008 Doo Dah Queen Naughty Mickie

Potential Doo Dah Queen’s will have only a few minutes to impress the judges; entrants shouldn’t ignore how much a well-timed beer into the hands of a judge or judges may help garner votes; creativity and humor rule in this arena.

Uncle Fester: photo by Greg Foster

Uncle Fester: photo by Greg Foster

The Doo Dah Parade itself will be held on Saturday, April 28th, beginning at 11 a.m. on the streets of East Pasadena. The great honor of being Grand Marshall is held by retiring Pasadena Public Information Officer Ann Erdman.

“If there’s anyone who walks to the beat of her own drum and appreciates a good laugh, it’s Ann,” said Tom Coston, head of Light Bringer Project, producers of the parade since 1996. Over the years, Erdman has led marchers dressed as a flower child, a motorcycle mama, a baby in a giant high chair, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and Elvis.

So, find your inner goofy, silly and superlatively creative—you never know, you may become Queen for a day.

The 35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts
American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., between Walnut and Colorado Blvds.
Sunday, April 1st. Check-in at 3 p.m.; tryouts are 4:30-7 p.m.
Cost: $5 cover to the Legion’s charity, though 1st 20 Queen hopefuls get in free
Full cash bar
Trying out? Call 626.590.1134
For more info and entry forms, visit Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

Note for the Annals of Kat’s Writing Career   12 comments


Image by Jong Soo(Peter) Lee via Flickr

I’m hired!




Yesterday, I submitted my 4th post for review to the Hometown Pasadena publisher/author/boss-woman Colleen Bates. She responded, approving of the piece (“lovely job.”), and indicated that she wanted to speak with me about a “steady freelance gig.”

Heck, yeah!

After swapping emails, I can now scribe in the annals of Kat Ward that this is my first official WRITING job.


Yee-ha & hoo!

Between physically holding Lori’s workbook Where Are You Stuck? and seeing my “Editor” credit; experiencing Kevin Bertazzon’s ISMS and being asked to help edit his next espisode; and beginning to write blurbs for the Hometown Pasadena website and within submitting 4 posts, being hired!–this has been the best week in like a decade!

Hallelujah and thank you, Baby Jesus!