Columbus: Doo Dah Parade 2013

by Maureen McCabe on July 8, 2013

3 wheel bike with corn

The 2013 Doo Dah Parade in Columbus, Ohio did not disappoint me.  The Doo Dah Parade on the 4th of July never disappoints. The parade in the Short North never disappoints me.  I did NOT get to go to Red, White & Boom this year but I made it to the 2013 Doo Dah Parade.   July 4, 2013 was the coolest Doo Dah Parade I remember, weatherwise.  It never rained but it was overcast and threatening.  The rain date for the Doo Dah Parade is  July 3… every year.

My Favorite entries in the 2013 Doo Dah Parade:

  • Blue Angel Fly Over
  • Cowtown Abbey
  • Bikes, bikes, bikes!


Best or Worst for Doo Dah Parade 2013 Judges

Doo Dah Marching Fidels

My perennial favorites were in the 2013 parade.  I can’t wait to see the Marching Fidels each year.  I don’t believe the Marching Fidels  were saying “Left, Left, Left” while I was paying attention to them this year.  The Marching Fidels seemed more organized than in other years with a polished banner and their beards less askew than some years.  Cooler Columbus weather in 2013?  Of course that may have been because we sat across the street from the judges stand on July 4, 2013.  Everyone in the parade wanted to look their best, or their worst depending on the look they were going for as they passed the judges.

Judging the Doo Dah Parade

“Note to self”, kinda across from the judges stand is not necessarily the best place to sit.  Many of the Doo Dah Parade participants are so focused on pandering to the judges, they stick very close to the west side of Neil Avenue just north of the judge’s stand.  We were north  south* of the island in Neil Avenue but still depending on how fast the parade was moving some entries became very focused on the judges stand and who can blame them.  If the 2013 Doo Dah Parade entries were bunching up (there is probably a technical parade term for when the entries before you are slower and the entries behind you are faster….  but that term escapes me.)  Perhaps it all works out and the place we sat was just as good as any other along the route.  You just never know with the Doo Dah Parade.  The Cowtown Abbey entry was one that other than a photo of the truck with the placard saying “Cowtown Abbey” my photos suck.   My photos of the ladies of Cowtown Abbey waving regally to the crowds on Neil Avenue on the 4th of July are underwhelming.

I have a photo of the Blue Angels Fly-Over … somewhere.


The Doo Dah Parade website

Doo Dah Cowtown Abbey


The 2013 parade was the 30th Annual Doo Dah Parade according to the Doo Dah Parade website


I just used the camera on my phone this year to take photos of the Doo Dah Parade.  I brought my camera to the parade in the Short North and Victorian Village this year but only used my cell phone to snap photos.  Going to fireworks in Westerville on July 4, 2013  I left my camera home.  C ell phone photos are so easy!

There were lots of bikes in the 2013 Doo Dah Parade.  More bikes than other years?  Maybe.

Doo Dah Pedal CartEDIT *south!!!!  Confused in Columbus.  We sat on the east side of Neill Avenue just south of the island in the road for the 2013 Doo Dah Parade.  We were kitty corner from the judges stand.   Not the best place for photos.  I have photos of the backs of many in the parade as they headed to the west side of the street.  It seemed like a good place.  I could have moved… Other years we have viewed the Doo Dah Parade on High St.  on one of the east west streets, (4th? across from a church that was selling hot dogs, water etc.) and on High Street.

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1 Maryann Kafer July 17, 2013 at 02:43 pm

Here’s a fun fact: The Blue Angels Flyover was the brainchild of Morgan Allen, daughter of Dianne and Tracy Allen who participated in one of the first Doo-Dah parades back in the day. That makes her second-generation Doo-Dah!

2 Maureen McCabe July 18, 2013 at 09:02 am

Thanks Maryann! Such a brilliant idea, whimsy must be in Morgan Allen’s genes. I always try to think about what would make a good entry, what is topical but I am amazed each year at how creative the people in the Doo Dah Parade are… I still have not located my photo of the Blue Angels Flyover. : – ( It would help if I would look. So many photos and it is not showing up on the Google+ backup but a number of photos are not there. I gotta look at the photos on my phone and find that and another for a post I want to write about a business that was in the parade this year.

Thanks for the fun fact. Second-generation Doo-Dah is like Short North royalty.

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