Columbus Ohio's Doo Dah Parade

by Maureen McCabe on July 2, 2007

I like Red White & Boom a lot but my favorite part of the 4th of July is the Doo Dah Parade in the Short North. Or as Experience Columbus is now calling it, “the Short North Arts District.”

The Doo Dah Parade

“Hey You!

Stupid wars and stupid regimes got you down?

Theocrats knocking on your bedroom door?

Are gas prices keeping you from finding a job?

Are all your twenty-something blonde role models in jail or rehab?

Strippers got too many clothes on and dancing too far away???

Have you finally had enough!!!

Then it’s time to put your worst foot forward, wake up your friends, put your funniest Doo Dah float together and drag yourself over to the Doo Dah Parade, to send it all up and put some lunacy back into the …well…lunacy.

Join the celebration on Wednesday July 4, 2007, at Park Street and Buttles Avenue, for line-up at Noon.

All the regular Doo Dah hangers-on will be hanging on…All we need is you and your biting sense of satiric humor…”

I love satire! I love trying to think of what will be made fun of. I am just not that good. I am usually surprised by what I have forgot. Or what has gone right over my head.

With the Dancers for Democracy issue in Ohio this year it should be a good Doo Dah Parade.

Previously on ColumbusBestBlog

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She’s a Brick House

I love the traditions of the Doo Dah Parade, The Marching Fidels, the art cars etc.

In a column about celebrating Independence Day in Columbus in 1857 Ed Lentz of this week magazine wrote of parades of militia’s and then what sounds like a very, very early Doo Dah Parade:

“To keep the growing crowds of people amused, a second parade passed through the middle of town. “At 11 o’clock, the nondescript company called the Earthquakes, appeared. They were dressed in all sorts of uncouth costumes – some on horseback and others on foot. They were accompanied by some fellow who made hideous music on a horn. They attracted great attention and excited much laughter.”

Uncouth costumes?

More 4th of July Celebrations from Discover Columbus

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1 Candice ABC News July 2, 2007 at 04:00 pm

Hey, I came across your site as I was researching upcoming Fourth of July activities throughout the nation. This is a great interactive opportunity and we hope you’ll take a moment to send in a short 30-45 second video no later than Thursday, July 5th.

Independence Day Messages

Tell us your favorite 4th of July memories– or send a 4th of July greeting to loved ones overseas serving in the armed forces! We also would love you to video your local community’s 4th of July celebrations and send them to us by July 5th. ABC may use the video on ABC News Now!

2 MaureenMcCabe July 2, 2007 at 05:43 pm

I just uploaded a slide show of the Columbus Doo Dah Parade … I think from 2005.. It will be on here tomorrow.

We will probably do slide show of the 2007 Parade and we may submit it.

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