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
“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.
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.
up, whether you’re a part of the procession or watching it from the sidelines.
water balloons or squirt guns. No one wants to march in a pair of soaked sneakers.
Do: Act like a fool.
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.
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.
embarrass your mother,” Roberts said.
And “Do try to get your face on the front page of The Dispatch.”
For a parade known for its lack of defined rules, there is a correct way, organizers
say, to do the Doo Dah.