Get wacky this Fourth of July by walking in the 30th 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.

Get wacky this Fourth of July by walking in the 30 Annual Doo Dah Parade. Whether youíre 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, itís 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.

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