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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL LIKE DOO DAH.

Byline: Staff and Wire Services

PASADENA - The Boob Mobile, Chia People, Horror Kung Foo Theatre and Snotty Scotty & the Hankies were among the wacky acts strutting their stuff at Sunday's 28th annual Doo Dah Parade in Old Town Pasadena.

The procession, started as a spoof on the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day, also featured flying hot dogs, clown doctors from outer space and imaginary, along with real, marching bands.

The annual homage to unconventional artists, musicians and performers who don't fit into any category drew the most entries ever - 110 - said Tom Coston, president of parade sponsor Light Bringer Project.

Ceci Julian, 82, was one of a group of seniors who came to the parade from Long Beach by bus.

``A bunch of us seniors who wanted to see the parade,'' she said. ``This is the first one I've attended. It's wonderful, really good.''

``I've come for 15 years,'' said Major Stevens of Burbank. ``I just love the fact it's just regular people having fun. I like The Claude Rains 20-Man Invisible Marching Band; it's my favorite every year.''

Some years ago, a parade entrant tried to bring a band, but no one came, so ``he wrapped tape around his head and called them an invisible band. It was a big hit,'' Coston told the newspaper.

Another popular attraction was the BBQ Hibachi & Marching Grill team, which cooked and tossed hot dogs into the crowd.

Some crowd favorites were Stogie Men, cigar smokers lounging on a flatbed truck with a giant, smoking ``cigar''; the energetic Humboldt State University Lumberjacks marching band; the droll Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin; and Caesar's Circus' toga-clad men and women, who were ``stabbing'' each other and spilling fake blood all over the street.

The cold weather couldn't dampen the spirits of the estimated 40,000 people who watched the parade.

This year's grand marshal was Altadena resident Dabney Zorthian, widow of artist and former grand marshal Jirayr Zorthian.

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(1) Belly dancers twirl down Pasadena's Raymond Street during the Doo Dah Parade, held Sunday.

(2) Daniel Gill, left, and Greg Williams play puppet masters with the Bob Baker Marionettes at the Doo Dah Parade on Sunday.

Caleb Vandenberg/Staff Photographer
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