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A love letter of Thank You to ALL Doo Dah Lovers, from Mz Doo Dah.

Thank you, my Doo Dah Lovelies. Yesterday as I worked at putting away props and things, banking, and paying bills I was thinking of you, and how you knocked me out!

I start my thank you list with my hubby, King Charlie, who endeared my being MIA for endless hours at a time as I DisOrganized the Doo Dah Parade + Party. And, to our dogs, Lucy & Sydney, as mommy hasn't been home much the last few weeks.

The Weather. It was perfect.

Less-Than-Grand Marshal, James "Buster" Douglas. Buster knocked us all out with his charm and patience as millions of photos were taken of him. Personally, it was a thrill to announce Buster at line-up by raising the Champs hand to start the parade. I only wish Joe Theibert was there.

Thank you, Greg Zanetos for hosting Buster in your home, and your whopping check!  And thanks to John Johnson for helping with Team Buster.

The neighbors, for enduring special event parking SNFAU on July 4th.

Buster's Doo Dah Secret InSecurity Team and Handler. They had their job cut out for them this year as Buster was extremely popular.

InVolunteers of InSECURITY showed up and did due diligence in their details. The parade route was secured and clean. Thank you.

Our Vendors and their wonderful Doo Dah deals. Your discounts, freebies, & flexibility helps so much in making the budget! And, to the Vendors who sold food at the Block Party as you very were generous with the yummies to the volunteers and bands.

The Musical Rock Stars of Doo Dah. You had so much talent and fun music oozing through the speakers that caused people to sing, swing & sway, and drink lots o'beer.

The solar guys, the sound guys, and the stage and tent guys who collaborated to help make the music.

The BeerTenders. You did some serious pouring! Excellent job on keeping the line moving fast and the cups full.

The Contributors. Thank you for paying for the parade. It was wonderful to see so many contributor's smiling faces along the parade route.

The T-Shirt Shuckers sales also helped subsidize parade expenses. There's still a few for sale at the BP on Neil.

The Media. Thank you for reporting about our fake parade!

The Police for keeping all safe and sound.

The City of Columbus and ODLC Staffers for executing my permits, and with a smile on your face.

My "Clean-up on Isle 4" crew. Unfortunately, you started with a bit of a mess from Boom, but you forged on and got the streets back to better than we found them.

DisOrganizer DisHonoree Emeritus, Frank Randall Tarr. Randy has been involved with Doo Dah since the mid 80's.

To the hard-working, fun-loving, and dedicated Doo Dah DisOrganizers. I know that I say it, but once again, I can't do Doo Dah without you. Thank you.

The crowd was huuuuuuuuuge! So many great things and people I saw and experienced along the parade route such as Mr Clark bouquet flowers and the parade waltz, the festively decorated folks, the impromptu judging stations, and the folks with the "why am I here" look on their face, for the smiling and laughing faces, and some of those faces I've seen repeatedly over my past 26 years of Doo Dah's 34 years, for the new faces, and for those who gave us a click.

Last, but absolutely not the least, The Doo Dah Parade Marchers. You knocked me out! Your witty words, your creative craftsmanship, and the revelers of revolutionaries of satire, you triumphed in your quest of a great parade! I look forward to reading all your comments and looking at your pictures. I loved your humor, your art, and your spirit. Thank you.

I am very proud and grateful,

Deb Roberts, Mz Doo Dah
Your ChairChick & Queen of Doo Dah


Doo Dah Parade


34th Annual Doo Dah Parade

"World Championship of Insanity.  It'll Knock You Out!" 

Celebrate Liberty & Lunacy

Freedom of speech, through humor

Columbus, OH

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Please feel free to join in &
sing out the National Anthem at 1pm!

Parade @ 1:00 p.m.

Line-up starts somewhere around Noon

Block Party 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(Live Music! Beer on Tap!

On the Street! Free Entry!

@ Buttles & High) 

March in the 34th Annual Doo Dah Parade!

No Entry Fee!  Just Show Up!

Photo Announcement of Less-Than-Grand Marshal
James "Buster" Douglas!


 Less-Than-Grand Marshal:

Former Undisputed

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

and Author,

James “Buster” Douglas!!

2017 Doo Dah DisOrganizer DisHonoree:

Frank Randall (Randy) Tarr

DisOrganizer, Emeritus!

34th Annual
Doo Dah Parade & Party
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
Celebrate Liberty & Lunacy!
Exercise your First Amendment right, through humor.
The Craziest Parade in History! 
Parade Line-up begins as early as 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - Everyone throughout Doo Dah Land, even Politicians & Cops,
Feel free to join in & sing out the National Anthem!
Parade Steps Off @ 1:00 p.m.
 Block Party
ON Buttles Avenue at High Street
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free Live Music ALL DAY!
Beer, Bands, Fun Stuff & More ~ All Day!
Free Entry to All!
Support the Bars, Restaurants and merchants on July 4th and everyday
(especially our Doo Dah Contributors!)
Parade your stuff around Short North, Victorian & Italian Villages & Harrison West

The Doo Dah Parade.
1:00 p.m.ish – 3:00 p.m.ish
1:00 p.m. - Everyone throughout Doo Dah Land, even Politicians & Cops,
please join in on the 52 part harmony singing of the National Anthem!
It’s Free!
Bring a chair or blanket
Leave the water guns & water balloons & pets at home please

Have we mentioned everything so far is free?
It's FREE to march in the Doo Dah Parade!
No Pre-Registration Required 
(yes, we know that's unusual)
Line-up @ noon on Park Street
(between Buttles/Goodale)
heading north bound.
Enter in from Goodale Blvd.
There is No Entry Fee!  
You Just Show Up!

A Few Needed Rules

(We Hate Rules Too, But Sometimes People Need Them) 


All Politicians Must Wear A Funny Hat

(Everyone In Their Group Needs To Be Goofyied Up Too - This Ain't Arlington, People) 


No Blatant Advertising

(Folks Want To See Your Political Pokes, Not Business Strokes) 


No Full Nudity

(This Isn't A Strip Club)


No Water Balloons Or Super Soakers

(Let's Not Ruin People's Art Please)


Please Do Not Throw Candy Or Any Other Junk From The Parade

(Besides Having To Clean Up Your Trash, There's A Chance Of Someone Getting Run Over This Way) 


No Soft-Pawed Animals "Walking" Parade

(Unless You Walk Barefoot Too)

2017 Parade Route...

From Line-Up On Park Street (heading north)

To West On Buttles

To South On Dennison

To West On Collins

To North On Neil 

To East On Second

To South On High

To End At Russell & High.  

Walkers Will Go Down Russell back to Park St,

Cars Will Go Straight Down High Street.

Come on down to the Block Party at High & Buttles before and/or after the parade! 

for an InSecurity position of UnImportance 
at the Doo Dah Parade. 
We offer no pay other than a T-Shirt,
whistle, water, badge
and our undying Doo Dah Love. 
Be Brave, Volunteer
or Call The Doo Dah Hotline: 

Parade Party!!! - Free Admission!
The Party starts At 10:00 A.M. and continues
well after the dust of The Doo Dah Parade has settled
(probably until 7 pm this year)
Location:  On Buttles Avenue
(Between High Street and Park Street)
Doo Dah Block Party will be Complete with Live Music, Beer & Food
Thank the bands!
2017 Doo Dah
Rock Star Line-Up:

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Ryan Smith:  Solo Acustic

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. The JeffsJEFF TOBIN guitar/lead vocals, GEOFF WILCOX, bass/vocals, PAIGE VANDIVER drums/vocals, DOUG HARE lead guitar

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Devil DovesJunior Kauffman - Vocals & Lyrics, Kyle "Headband" Davis - Cajon, Rico "Thunderstorm" Nassau - Bass, Jeff Straw - Keys

1:00 p.m. - The Doo Dah Parade!

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Doc Robinson: Jonathan Elliott & Nick D'Andrea

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Vodka ROXX: Ezell Underdown - Guitar, Don Duryea - Guitar, Scott Keeton - Lead Vocals, Jason Adam Leavitt - Drums, Mike Iannarino - Bass 

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Trouble BoysSteve Perakis Bass, Joseph Mismas Keys vox, Chris Cox Skins, Jon Swain Lead guitar vox, Chris Barton Words guitar and vox 

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. McCallisterBobby Corkwell - Guitar, Daniel Sean Anderson - Guitar & lead vocals, Angela Fowler - Drums

6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. C LA C I: Mark Hunter










How some people explain Doo Dah:


Craziest Parade in History

Doo Dah!  Doo Dah

Humorous! Fun! Fantastic

Liberty & Lunacy

Freedom of Speech, through humor

Express yourself

It’s a very important day for the Marching Fidel’s



Symbolic of how Columbus is

You can be who you want to be and have a great time doing it

It’s all meant in Jest and fun

Important for a mother to show her daughter all the uniqueness and diversity

Laughter is the best medicine


Our Old Web-site that we out grew (Great hysterical facts) 

The Friends of Doo Dah is a Non-Profit Organization.  Any and all donations recieved are to continue the annual Doo Dah Parade. 
Oh, and we are registered with Ohio's Secretary of State. 

 sign up for "Doo Dah Parade InVolunteer & InSecurity."

$$ Champions in
Doo Dah’s Corner

Now, you might say to yourself,
"self, how can this all be free?!"  
That's cause these fine folks listed below
are paying for your opportunity to
Thank a Contributor
by shopping their business, please. 

2017 Doo Dah $$ Champions! 

“The Grand Weigh-In”

Short North Tavern

Joseph R. Landusky II, Esq. 

Standard Hall * Forno Kitchen + Bar * Short North Pint House * Corso Ventures

White Castle

Dempsey's Food + Spirits

CD102.5/Big Room Bar & Sir Randy Malloy

Club 185

El Camino Inn

Little Palace

Philco Bar + Diner

The Rossi Bar + Kitchen  

 “Money Belt Heavyweights”

Greg Zanetos - Anthony Thomas Candies

Doug & Kim Borror

Zeno's Bar on 3rd Ave 

Tom Coombs, Rolling Meadows, IL 

Gorman's Body Shop + Print Shop 

Mac's Cafe

Fabian's Chicago Style Pizza Place

Park Street Tavern 

City Tavern

Press Grill & Press Grill 5th Avenue

Mike's Bar & Grill

The Garden

The Chamber

The Joint

Short North Civic Association

Bernard's Tavern

Union Cafe'

Axis Night Club

Ram Restaurant & Brewery 

“Soapboxer Contenders”

614 City Councilman Michael Stinziano 

Downtown Michael S. Brown

Michael E. Sexton, The Chairman

Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, Clerk of Courts 

Cutler Real Estate's Meyer & Dial Team

Denmark On High

Air BnB Third Floor in Victorian Village

James B. Ford, D.D.S.

Stonewall Columbus & Think

William Parnell

Brew-Stirs Clintonville Tavern

Anonymous Donation by Albert Schulman

Hampton Inn & Suites - Downtown

First Commonwealth Bank - Short North

Bill & Lisa Wood

Local Bar Short North

Seventh Son Brewing

Flying Ace Rentals

sdg Security

Second Sole

Mikey's Late Night Slice

Wilber Hills Country Club 


“Down for the Count”

Christine McDevitt, LSW, LMT - Healing Way Massage Therapy

Suzanne Rizer

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Kroger Community Rewards

Donna Bates

Accountants on Parole

Walt Thieman

Thurber Village Market BP 

Sharon Young w/KW Classic Properties 

Todd & Mindy Law

basi italia

Bruce Dooley of  KW Dooley Co & Team

Fitness Resources Personal Training

Farm Boy (William B. Casey)

Level Dining Lounge

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop

Poet Connie Everett & Walter Jan Everett

Sgt. Dale "I Know Nothing" Schultz

Ziggy's Drive-Thru on 3rd

The Appraisal Group, Inc.

Dr. Dennis Agin

About Face

BIG FUN! Columbus 


The Doo Dah DisOrganizers

Ares Sportswear

Audio Slayer Productions

Charlie Baltzer & Columbus Distributing Co.

Chase Bank - German Village Branch

City of Columbus & Staffers

Columbus City Police


GPAD * IBEW Local 683  

Central OH Chapter - National Electricial Contractors Association

Experience Columbus

Five Star Events & Catering

Greg Solak of Staples Facilities Solutions

Putnam White Lewis Insurance Agency Inc.

r printing and design

Short North Alliance

Short North Gazette 

Columbus Media

Columbus Monthly Readers 

Short North Travel

The Wood Companies  


"In Memory"

Our Fallen U.S. Troops

Governor George Voinovich

The Legendary, John F. Wolfe

Joseph "Joe Show" Pasternak

614's Scott Cunningham

Vic Village Icon Charles Michael Olshawsky

Salesman of the Year, D.D. Frye

Willie the 4-legged police officer

Colo, world's oldest zoo gorilla

Astronaut & National Hero, Sen. John H. Glenn Jr

Marching Fidel, Steve "DUDE" Mount

Joseph E. Theibert - UnOfficial Starter 

Doo Dah 2017 Dedicated in Memory of our Beloved Doo Dah Brother, Joe Theibert – The UnOfficial Starter









Me! Me! I too want to donate to Doo Dah!!

Kroger Community Rewards Reminder
Every April - Time to renew your membership!
You can still help support Friends of Doo Dah Parade by enrolling in Kroger Community Rewards!
Register and link your Kroger Plus card online, and Kroger will make a quarterly donation to Friends of Doo Dah, based on a percentage of sales of all enrolled. Our organization number is 84794.
Annual renewal of your rewards enrollment and annual (April) re-enroll is required:
1. Enrollment page

Official PayPal Seal







Doo Dah Parade 2008
Picture by Illumiquest

Put your Money Where Your Mouth Is...

Consider A Contribution!

Friends of Doo Dah

is NOW a Non-Profit Organization

It's a tax write off!!  Whoo Hoo!!

If you love Doo Dah and want to help make it happen, click on the "Donate" button, and send us some jing!  Why not?  It's a tax write off!

Official PayPal Seal

 Or, you can mail a check to “Friends of Doo Dah”, 581 Reinhard Avenue, Columbus, OH  43206-2854.  All contributors will be listed on our  Doo Dah Poster, T-Shirts and web-site.


NEW FOR 2013...Contributors will get a wacky 2013 special Doo Dah Poster proclaiming that you are a 2013 Contributor!


Hey, it's a tax right off...what the heck...make that mammoth size donation today!

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