Look to Queen Skittles; She Can Teach Us Much

The naked, grabby-hands grab for a crown is rarely a pretty one, and at the Doo Dah Parade, the competition is flat-out fierce. Set to swagger through Old Town Pasadena on January 18, the infamous Doo Dah held its search for its queen late last month, and competitors aplenty showed: Count Smokula, Santa's Bad Elf, Pinball Lizard, and a stimulus package.

The hallowed honor ultimately went to one Julie Klima -- let's call her by her rightful name, Queen Skittles -- and the more we've been thinking about the 24-year-old photographer, and what she brings to the table -- or, in this case, the asphalt of Pasadena -- the more we applaud the choice. Let's look at a few reasons why:

Hair: At the Doo Dah Parade, sometimes you're standing waaaay back in a mess of too-tall people. There are candies and miniature hot dogs flying at you, and you can't really see the action on the road. That's why the gorgeous, florescent-y bob Queen Skittles sports is magnificent. We'll be able to see her rolling down Raymond from a good block away.

Nice-a-tivity: Reports from insiders said that the Queen brought judges beer during the tryouts. Hello, other contestants? Wake-y wake-y. There is someone delivering delicious, refreshing brews to the people making decisions. Smooth move, Lady Skittles, very smooth. Brava.

Cha-Cha-Cha: You know cha-cha-cha, right? It's a big smile, tons of charisma, an unaffected nature and a pleasure in doing things your own way, convention be damned. Her majesty has got that down. And really, either you've got the cha-cha-cha or you don't. There are no schools for it. Although, now that we think of it, maybe that would be a good business opportunity for us.  

We're not casting aspersions upon the Pinball Lizard or Count Smokula -- we have a feeling they'll still be marching come January 18 -- but we can all take the lessons of the new queen and apply them to our own lives: Pinker hair, more beer for people in power and loads of cha-cha-cha. She clinched it.

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