Arts preview: Go all in for Doo Dah Day Parade

By Matthew Lovett
From the July 4, 2013 edition

Get wacky this Fourth of July by walking in the 30 Annual Doo Dah Parade. Whether you’re one of the eccentric patriots trekking the Short North as part of the parade or just catching a glimpse, Doo Dah will be catapulting messages of freedom and everything over-the-top.

The rules of Doo Dah are limited. In a sense, it’s the anti-parade. No political or business banners are allowed to march, at least not in a straight-forward promotional sense; the (dis)organizers (as they refer to themselves) of Doo Dah expect all participants to wear silly hats at the minimum, if not bring out more of their inner-lunatic.

I’ve always attended asan onlooker, but I promise it’s a titillating experience all the same. If anything, it’s always fun seeing Columbus decked out in utter ridiculousness. I hear the post-parade block party is wild one, too.