The Doo Dah Parade Will Be Back This 4th Of July

While some summer festivities have been cancelled or postponed for a second year, one of the city’s most iconic annual events is back.

The Doo Dah Parade started back in 1984 and it’s been going strong ever since. This satirical extravaganza is free for all to attend and includes a parade and live music at Goodale Park. The parade always takes a humorous, political approach to the holiday, with unique participants at every turn.

The parade will line up at noon in the northbound lane of Park Street. This year, the parade is dedicated in memory of Doug Ritchey who was affectionately known as The Short North Emperor.

While the Doo Dah Parade is weird and wonderful, there are a few rules to keep in mind. There are no advertisers, no full nudity, and all participating politicians absolutely must wear a funny hat. Additionally, water balloons and super soakers are not welcome, throwing candy is not allowed, and pets can’t walk in the parade.

The free music portion of the event will take place from Noon to 7 p.m. at the gazebo in Goodale Park. Bands confirmed for this year’s event include:

  • The Devil Doves!
  • Brian Clash
  • Victorious KayBirds
  • Donna Mogavero
  • Betty Bangs
  • McCallister
  • MethMatics

If you want to participate in the parade, you totally can. You don’t need to register or pay, just show up and hop in line. For more info about the 38th Annual Doo Dah Parade, you can visit their website here.

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