38th Annual Doo Dah Parade

Background

From the Organizer

Since 1984 we’ve been Celebrating Liberty & Lunacy at the Annual Doo Dah Parade! You can too! Exercise your First Amendment right, through humor.

Parade Line-up begins as at Noon on Park Street.
Parade Steps Off @ 1 pm from corner of Buttles & Park St. Parade your stuff around Short North.

Parade Route: From Line-Up On Park Street (heading north) To West On Buttles; To South On Dennison; To West On Collins; To North On Neil; To East On Second; To South On High; To End At Russell & High. Walkers Will Go Down Russell back to Park St, Cars Will Go Straight Down High Street.

Watch…Bring a chair or blanket, Umbrella, Sunscreen, and Leave the water guns & water balloons & pets at home please.

March…It’s FREE to march in the Doo Dah Parade! No Pre-Registration Required. No blatant advertising and all politicians must wear a funny hat!
UnOfficial Official Doo Dah Party at Goodale Park Gazebo 11 am – 9 pm. Free Live Music ALL DAY. Free Entry to All!

Source: https://www.everfest.com/e/doo-dah-parade-columbus-oh

Impression

This is our first time attending the Doo Dah parade. We’ve seen images and videos of past parades and have always wanted to go and experience it for ourselves.

The parade this year appeared to be smaller than past events, most likely due to COVID and people just now starting to get back to a comfort level of being out in crowds.

We parked up by Skully’s on High Street and walked down High to 2nd Ave. From there, we had a good view of the parade as it hit the last section of the route.

Images below show the variety of floats, riders, costumes and other participants.

While it was very hot on July 4 this year (no surprise if you live in OH), we braved the heat to provide this coverage! Please enjoy the images below.

Goodale Park also hosts music throughout the day. We did not have time to go down there this year, but will get there next year!

For those going to the Doo Dah parade, some helpful tips.

  • Bring Sunscreen
  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket
  • Hydrate! Plenty of water or other beverages. You will usually be greeted with very warm weather in donwtown Columbus this time of year.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Depending on where you park, you may need to walk quite a bit to get to where you can see the parade route.
  • The Doo Dah website – USE IT! Lots of very useful and helpful content on there!
  • Keep an open mind. Doo Dah is all about freedom of speech and expression.

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