The Doo Dah Parade - Columbus, OH

Where In The Heck Should I Park Dah Car!?!?!


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COTA's CBus will be running on July 4!

Don't hold us responsible for parking tickets. 
If you drive, you must be able to read...
Read the darn signs/meters to make sure it's legal and maybe free too!

1st female Less-Than-Grand Marshal!
Andrea Cambern of WBNS 10 TV

  • Lot Next to Skully's Music-Diner (High Street) 2019/DhStt4OXto-13.jpg
  • Lot Next to Convention Center (High Street) Plus, they have a new garage on Goodale!
  • Streets behind Giant Eagle (Thurber Drive)
  • Lot across the street from Zeno's (3rd Avenue) - have to stop into Zeno's for a drink and a voucher
  • Hubbard Avenue School (Wilbur Avenue - 1 block North of Hubbard) 104 West Hubbard-PTO fundraiser for $10 per spot.
  • Any street that is NOT on the parade route and has permit parking BECAUSE IT'S A HOLIDAY AND PERMIT PARKING IS WAIVED on 7/4!)
  • The Hub Parking Garage (near Union Food + Cafe')
  • CoGo Bikes 
  • Ride your bike.
  • COTA/CBus it.  
  • The NEW CBus!  It's free! (check for holiday schedule)
  • There's several parking garages in Arena District.  Stop in at Park Street Tavern or City Tavern in Italian Village (a parade contributor) for a refreshment on the way to up line-up
  • Parking is allowed IN Goodale Park, but NOT on the grass - Don't be a Grasshole! If you plan on parking in the lots of Goodale Park, arrive very early before line-up closes off the entrance. There's also a parking lot on west side of park coming in off Dennison Ave.
  • On Goodale Blvd (along the south side of the park) are TONS of parking spaces. - Meters are free on 7/4!
  • Parking garage in South Campus Gateway  - walk down or take COTA (remember - Holiday hours)
  • Don't park anywhere, stick a sign on your car and drive IN the Doo Dah Parade!
  • Here's a link to look at parking options in the Short North 


    6-1-4th of July - STREET CLOSURES

    National Anthem @ 1 pm followed by the 36th Annual Doo Dah Parade!

    Thursday, 6-1-4th of July 2019.  Line-up at noon.


    Parade Route:  Starting at Park St, W on Buttles Ave, S on Dennison, W on Collins, N on Neil Ave, E on Second Ave, S on High St, and end at Russell St.


    BLOCK PARTY:  Buttles Ave between High & Park Streets

    STREET CLOSED | Thursday, July 4 | from 12:00 a.m. - July 4 at 10:00 p.m.
    Block Party from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. July 4th.


    PARADE LINE-UP:  Park Street

    ·        STREET CLOSED | July 4 | from 12 Noon - 3:00 p.m.
    Parade Line-up on Park Street between Buttles Avenue and Goodale Street, heading north.

    -         By 11:00 a.m. it is almost impossible to get through to Park Street via Buttles Avenue.



    ·        ROLLING STREET CLOSURE | | 6-1-4th of July | from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  See Parade Route above.



    ·        NO PARKING ON PARADE ROUTE | 6-1-4th of July from 12 Noon to 3:00 p.m.

    You cannot park within in the parade route area at non-metered areas during this time.

    * City has gotten serious about ticketing & towing violators to Special Event Permits – this is out of our hands.



    Between High and Park Streets (July 4th)

    ·        Parking Garage to remain open at all times.

    ·        Until About 1 p.m. traffic going to the parking garage will exit/enter only to High St.  No thru traffic to Park St.

    ·        2 p.m. - Police will determine when line-up area is clear, garage traffic will exit/enter South on Park St.

    ·        Once parade is complete.  Russell reverts back to its original one-way traffic.



    July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. through July 4th at 10:00 p.m.

    ·        Buttles Avenue from High Street to Park Street.

    ·        Park Street (west curb only) from Buttles to Goodale.

    July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – July 4th - 3:00 p.m.

    ·        High Street from 2nd Avenue to Russell – East and West side of street.

    ·        2nd Avenue from High Street to first alley – North and South side of street.

    ·        Russell Street - Between High St and Park St.


    Of course, if the City worker has a work emergency or traffic issue, times of bagging and unbagging could alter without public notification.

    We are all doing our very best to make this an enjoyable event for all, with the least amount of inconvenience for anyone.



    Clean-up crews will make their rounds along the parade route (even before the parade starts and will continue until we are done.  

    If you are hosting a party at your house; please be sure to have your own trash receptacles.  We cannot provide you with one, and volunteers won’t go on private properties for clean-up.



    Have a front row seats to the Doo Dah Parade by becoming a Volunteer for Doo Dah as InSECURITY!!  Help with clean-up / parade monitoring / crowd control.  It’s easy & fun!  Register to volunteer for your street corner at or  Let us know you live there, and you might be able to get your supplies in advance.


    Thank you, neighbors!                   For more incorrect information, go to

    Another wacky production by the Friends of Doo Dah – A non-profit organization 501(c)(3)

    Examples of how to utlized a vehicle in the Doo Dah Parade:






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    If you're an InVolunteer & InSecurity and need to park....ask where the secret lot is!

    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”, P.O. Box 6287, Columbus, OH  43206.  All contributors will be listed on our  Doo Dah Poster, T-Shirts and web-site.


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

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