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How to do the Doo Dah Parade

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By Jim Ryan Columbus Dispatch  •  Thursday July 3, 2014 2:39 PM    

For a parade known for its lack of defined rules, there is a correct way, organizers say, to do the Doo Dah.

Deb Roberts, the event’s longtime “disorganizer,” said paradegoers should arrive ready for a celebration of “satire, liberty and lunacy,” the parade’s tenets since its inception in 1983.

“It’s about freedom of speech through humor,” she said.

For those looking to get in on the fun, Roberts (better known around the Short North as Ms. Doo Dah) offered a few tips.

Do: Get to the parade early and try to find a shady spot. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, “something to park your butt on,” and sit near a N. High Street bar — for obvious reasons.

Don’t: Park along the parade route. “You will get your car decorated in a not-nice way by spectators,” she said.

Do: Dress up, whether you’re a part of the procession or watching it from the sidelines.

Don’t: Bring water balloons or squirt guns. No one wants to march in a pair of soaked sneakers.

Do: Act like a fool.

Don’t: Walk your dog in the parade — unless you walk barefoot wearing a fur coat as well.

This year’s parade theme, “Doo Dah Vortex,” pokes fun at America’s preoccupation with winter’s harsh weather.

“You’re going to get sucked into the humor,” Roberts said. “The humor is going to make you so dizzy you’re going to spin out of control.”

The weather theme, she said, makes this year’s Less-Than-Grand Marshal Jym Ganahl a natural fit for the position.

Roberts joked that Ganahl, NBC4 chief meteorologist, has brought good weather for the event, with daytime temperatures in the mid-70s expected.

She warned against distributing advertisements — “Don’t come thinking you can just pass out fliers that you’re open 9 to 2 on Tuesdays” — and said politicians aren’t welcome unless they’re wearing a funny hat.

Her last two bits of advice are perhaps the most important.

“Don’t embarrass your mother,” Roberts said.

And “Do try to get your face on the front page of The Dispatch.”

 jryan@dispatch.com

@jimryan015 

For a parade known for its lack of defined rules, there is a correct way, organizers say, to do the Doo Dah.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2014/07/03/how-to-doo-dah.html

Ban on burqas would show support for women's rights...what about at the Doo Dah Parade?  From the Columbus Dispatch.

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Steph Greegor, Reporter - The Other Paper
Doo Dah Parade

Doo Dah Parade
Presented by Doo Dah Parade
Feeling brave and a bit crazy? Put on your best costume and show up!
7/4/2009
more info…

Columbus Underground Messageboard.  Columbus Athens Zanesville Login to Send PM. Hi everybody. My band Lemming is playing the block party for the Doo Dah Parade 8pm July 4th Come check us out .http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/15571   

Discover Ohio - Doo Dah ParadeSure, you can see politicians waving American flags in just about any run of the mill Independence Day parade. But politicians being required to poke fun at themselves and wear a funny hat? You'll have to go to the Doo Dah parade in the ...http://consumer.discoverohio.com/searchdetails.aspx?detail=66502 

The show must go onColumbus Other Paper - Columbus,OH,USARed, White and Boom is a go for July 3, as are the Whetstone Fireworks and the Doo Dah Parade July 4. With that kind of financial firepower under its ...

http://www.theotherpaper.com/articles/2009/05/06/cover_story/doc4a01e78eb1979358932026.tx

Columbus on the Cheap: 26th Annual Doo Dah Parade – July 4By Val

The 26th Annual Doo Dah Parade will be held on Saturday, July 04, 2009. The Line-Up begins at 12:00 p.m., on Park Street heading north, with the parade at 1:00 p.m. Come watch the parade or even march in it if you are crazy like that.

Columbus Underground Forums Events:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/doo-dah-parade-block-party  

 
GOSSIP CBUS: INVITE: Doo Dah Parade & PartyBy CBUS  http://gossipcbus.blogspot.com/2009/06/invite-doo-dah-parade-party_30.html
INVITE: Doo Dah Parade & Party. “Celebrating Liberty & Lunacy” Calendar: July 4. Commencement: 11:00 a.m.. Venue: Short North Reservations: 228-0621. Posted by CBUS at 3:30 PM. Labels: Invite ... 
 

Doo Dah Parade
Presented by Doo Dah Parade
Feeling brave and a bit crazy? Put on your best costume and show up!
7/4/2009
more info…

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