Everyone was overjoyed to be able to “Doo Dah like a cicada…You Need it!” at the 38th annual Doo Dah Parade in Columbus, Ohio, where their motto is Satirizing the World from the Short North, Columbus OH, since 1984! And indeed they did so with gusto.
But what is a Doo Dah Parade? The concept was created in 1978 by some friends in Pasadena, California as an irreverent alternative to the Rose Bowl Parade. The parade is now a staple there and has since taken root here in Columbus, Ohio as well as in Ocean City, New Jersey and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Read more about it’s origins here.
The route of the parade began in Goodale Park at Park Street and Buttles Avenue winding it’s way through a neighborhood as well as down High Street with a party atmosphere all around. Some houses had picnics in their front yards while the sidewalks and curbs were lined with viewers who came early to get a prime spot out of the sun. Many brought lawn chairs, coolers and tents to create their own shade with which was a good idea as it was an almost 90 degree day!
Park Street was lined with welcomed food and drink trucks as bands played at the pavilion in the park while the parade participants (anyone could participate) lined up and got themselves and their means of transportation ready.
The themes for this year varied from current topics such as the recent cicada invasion and virus vaccinations to clean energy and all manner of fun and wacky ideas in between. Some ideas were relatively simple while others were very complex with a few leaving you wondering were they going to leave their vehicle looking like that.
It was a great way to celebrate the 4th of July and I look forward to what they will come up with at the parade next year. Happy to see you back Doo Dah!