The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is self-defined as the irreverent, twisted sister of the traditional Tournament of Roses Parade. The Doo Dah began as a satiric parody of the Rose Parade in 1978. Initially, it was an unscripted, spontaneous afterthought trailing the final float of the ToR. The main parade route of the ToR passes through trendy Old Town Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. As time moved on, the ToR officials saw that the unsanctioned parade was not going away. In fact, it continued to grow over the years and was becoming an big attraction for some people (major distraction for others). Eventually the Doo Dah was booted from the west side to several different locations and has, for now, found a home on Colorado Blvd. east of Altadena Dr.
A Good Reason to Go
I had never considered going to the Doo Dah Parade until this year when I thought, “Hmmm, there will probably be some people attending who want/need to know Jesus.” Don’t know why I never thought of that before.
So, I packed my easel and headed to the parade route. Sure enough, there were plenty of people who seemed to have the need, but lacked the want. Nevertheless, I did my best to share the love of Christ with those who stopped to watch me paint.
I had a good time talking to one man who came to the parade on his bicycle. We chatted for a while. When I called him a young man, he said that he was probably no younger than I. Even though his hair and beard were gray, I knew him to be younger. When he asked my age and I told him I would turn 64 in a few days, his mouth dropped open. “How do you manage to stay so young-looking?” he asked. I knew that was my open door to talk to him about God. I told him that my relationship with Jesus was my key youthful appearance and good health.
The man, who was 44 years old, had some of the same unproven arguments about God and the Bible I’ve heard many times; such as: God works the same through all religions, the Bible was written by man and on-and-on. I’ve learned over the years that the best way to combat these erroneous reasonings is by the Book. So, I gave him scripture regarding Jesus. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6, etc.
Although he didn’t receive the Lord that day, I believe the seed of God’s word sown in his heart will eventually bear fruit.
A Message to Men
Before the parade ended, I found a different spot to pitch my easel. I had an opportunity to talk to a male hair dresser and another male who confessed that he had no idea what his talent was. After talking to the hair dresser for a while, I invited him to attend church with me. I told the other male that the Lord would show him what his talent was if he only asked and trusted God.