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Short North Gazette
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 Short North Gazette Doo Dah Parade Photos are in!
Page 8 and Page 9 by Michael Gruber
Page 16 and Page 17 by Larry Hamill
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A Bright Shiny Columbus

On July 4th 2014, Columbus was shining so bright that you needed sunglasses.  I’m not taking only about the big shinny thing up in the sky that delivered us the perfect weather for the Doo Dah Parade, I’m not just talking about the giant shiny smile on Less-Than-Grand Marshal Jym Ganahl’s face as he waved to the crowd from a beautiful 1920 Coupe, nor the light that beamed from the rock stars performing on the block party stage.  I am not only talking about the bright smiles and rays of joy that came from the super-sized laughing and smiling crowd watching the Doo Dah Parade.  I am most defiantly talking about the brilliance that shined from the bright messages in the art work, the brilliant humor and cleverness of the satire from entrants of the 31st Annual Doo Dah Parade.  The brilliance this year was masterful to say the least.  No one, nor can I, pick the “best entry” because everyone who marched in the parade “got it” Your satire and art was brilliant.  You got the mockery and the humor down pat.  Even the few commercialized entries got it that they had to make fun of themselves.  If I sound like a preacher proud of the flock, I’ll take that satire with a bright smile on my face. 


Thank you everyone who had a part in making Columbus shine so bright that the teams from other galaxies showed up because they saw your brilliant beam of light.  Finally, to have a school of fish against Doo Dah was brilliant too! 


Love from the Land of Doo Dah,

Mz Doo Dah, ChairChick & Queen of Doo Dah

Deb Roberts, PhDooDahology


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           Contact: 

June 13, 2014                                                                                                 Mz Doo Dah (Deb Roberts)

                                                                                                                        (614) 228-0621





Jym Ganahl, NBC4 Meteorologist, to serve as

Less-Than-Grand Marshal for 31st Annual Doo Dah Parade     



Legendary Columbus Meteorologist Jym Ganahl will join thousands of irreverent self-styled satirists, partygoers, exhibitionists and overall lost souls in the 31st Annual Doo Dah Parade.


As the 2014 Less-Than-Grand Marshall, Mr. Ganahl will be driven through the parade route in someone else’s dirty car in the midst of a poorly organized “parade” while being exposed to weather no one cannot predict with any accuracy.


Parade organizers invite people who think they're funny, and those who honestly admit they are not, to join the fun and march in the 2014 Doo Dah Parade.  Or for those lacking any creativity, to just sit there and watch everyone else have a good time. 


WHO:                    Lovers of Liberty and Lunacy


WHAT:                  31st Annual Doo Dah Parade


WHEN:                  Friday, July 4, 2014

                              Line up at noon

                              National Anthem at 1:00 p.m. sharp

                              Parade Steps off at 1:01 p.m.

                              (Rain Date is July 3)


WHERE:               Short North, Goodale Park, Columbus

                              Line up on Park Street between Buttles and Goodale

ROUTE:                Buttles Avenue, Neil Avenue, 2nd Avenue, High Street to Russell


Other highlights include an all day party featuring live music and adult beverages on Buttles between High and Park.


For more information, go to







The 31st Annual Doo Dah Parade!

Friday, July 4th, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. (Rain Date July 3rd)

1:00 p.m. - Everyone throughout Doo Dah Land, even Politicians & Cops, sing out the National Anthem!

The Doo Dah Vortex!

Got sick of the Polar Vortex?  Want to take out some humor on it?  Then march in the 31st Annual Doo Dah Parade.  Satire the weather, satire yourself, satire a politicial issue or politician!  What ever you do, do it on July 4th at the Doo Dah Parade! 

PARADE ROUTE:  From Park Street onto Buttles, West on Buttles to North on Neil to East on Second to South on High to end at Russell & High.

Block Party (Buttles Between High & Park Streets) 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Short North Arts District, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Celebrate Liberty & Lunacy!

 Off the wall range of mischiefs, grounded super heroes, political debacles, homegrown satirists, and the other bohemian frolickers winding thru the Short North.

Watch or March in the Craziest Parade in History!   No entry fee, Just show up! 

31st Annual
Doo DahParade & Party
Friday, July 4th, 2014
Celebrate Liberty & Lunacy at the
31st Annual Doo Dah Parade!
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, sing out the National Anthem!
Parade Steps Off @ 1:00 p.m.
Beer, Bands, Fun Stuff & More ~ All Day!!
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, sing out the National Anthem!
It’s Free!
Bring a chair or blanket
Leave the water guns & balloons & pets at home please

in the Doo Dah Parade.
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!
No Pre-Registration Required.
(ya, we know that's unusual)

2014 Parade Route...
Buttles to Neil to Second to High to Russell to Park

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.
Location:  On Buttles Avenue
(Between High Street and Park Street)
Doo Dah Block Party will be Complete with Live Music,
Entertainment, Beer, Food, and Prizes. 
Thank the bands...they're all playing for FREE!!

Doo Dah Rockin' Rockers 2014 Line-up:

 10:00 a.m. Ryan Smith
11:00 a.m. Tobin-Wilcox
Noon Doo Dah Dixies New Orleans Dixie Sound ...
1-3:00 p.m. National Anthem & Doo Dah Parade! National Anthem! 1 pm Sharp!

(Everyone, please stand and sing the National Anthem at 1:00 p.m. Sharp!  How great will this sound?!  Oh say can you see echoing through out the neighborhood!)

 3:00 p.m. Devil's Payroll
4:30 p.m. MacCallister
5:30 p.m. The-Devil-Doves

6:30: p.m. The Apple-Bottom GangBottom Gang
7:30 p.m. Dan Dougan & Little Bothers





2014 Less-Than-Grand Marshal:

Jym Ganahl!


2014 Doo Dah DisOrganizer DisHonoree:

Tom Coombs, of our Rolling Meadows, IL Branch! 
You know him...the guy from Chicago





Be Part Of The Excitement And March For Liberty And Lunacy.


Celebrate independence with irrelevance!  It's time to Doo Dah in the Short North at the 31st Annual Doo Dah Parade!


On July 4th, 2014 the infamous Doo Dah Parade will take over the streets around the Short North and Victorian Village.


Bring your best satire-face, strange attitude, and outrageous outlook on life, and march with others jut like you!


Don't miss your chance to be part of Columbus' great freedom tradition.


Step up, step in and get to the world famous Doo Dah Parade.


This Fourth of July, get famous yourself and join in the fun!


Voted the City's best parade is the one and only Doo Dah Parade in the fabulous Short North with a free music party at High & Buttles from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Be part of the excitement and march for liberty and lunacy.


Get in the line-up at Noon on Park Street at Goodale Park and march at 1 o'clock.


Fore more bad information go to

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. 

2014 Doo Dah Vortex Contributors...

Paying for you to March!

The Power Generators!



The Hotties

Short North Tavern + Staffers

Bernard's Tavern

Short North Pint House & Beer Garden + CGS Group

WWCD/CD102.5 - Sir Randy Malloy

Union Café

Axis Night Club

Doug & Kim Borror

Greg Zanetos

Joseph R. Landusky II, Esq.

Mac's Cafe  + Fabian's

Martha Gulati & Gareth Gwyn

     from the Canadian Embassy of Cbus

Mike's Bar

Press Grill

Short North Civic Association

Tom Coombs, Rolling Meadows, IL

Zeno's Bar on 3rd Ave

The Garden * The Chamber *  The Joint


The Warm & Moist

Stonewall-Columbus- The Center On High 

Spinelli's Deli

Anonymous Donation by Al Schulman

Crabbe, Brown & James LLP

SDG Security/Bruce Reedy

Maryellen O'Shaughnessy –  Clerk of Common Pleas Court

State Rep. Michael Stinziano – 18th Dist

Bodega Cafe' & Carryout

Skully's Music-Diner

Thurber BP on Neil Ave

Bill & Lisa Wood

Flying Ace Rentals

Village Dental Care - Dr.'s Katya & Shah

Flower Child Vintage Shopping

Meyer & Dial w/Cutler Real Estate

Brew-Stirs Clintonville Tavern + Think Urban

basi italia

Accountants On Parole

Dempsey's Food + Spirits

Avola Lanza Hair Studio

Downtown Mike Brown

Michael Sexton, Mayor of the Short North

Ziggy's Drive-Thru on 3rd Ave

The Pizzuti Companies


The Dizzy Dozen (or so)  

First Community Bank

DeepWood Restaurant

(Dana G. "Buck") Rinehart, Rishel & Cuckler, LTD

Wilber Hills Country Club

Walt Thieman

About Face

Level Dining Lounge

The Lamp Shade

Dr. James B. Ford, D.D.S.

Mary B.'s in German Village + Dames Bond

Parsons Avenue Merchant Association

Healing Ways Massage Therapy, C.McDevitt, LMT

Lincoln Street Studio Architects + Planners

Ibel Agency

William B Casey 

Bruce Dooley & Co.

UrbanOffice Furnishings




  The Doo Dah DisOrganizers
  Doo Dah Party Rockin’ Rock Stars:
      10a - Ryan Smith
      11a - Tobin-Wilcox (now called "The Jeff's")
      Noon - Doo Dah Dixies
  1p National Anthem & Doo Dah Parade
      3p - Devil's Payroll
      4:30p - MacCallisterification
      5:30p - Devil Doves
      6:30p - Apple-Bottom Gang
      7:30p - Dan Dougan & His Little Bothers.
  Doo Dah InVolunteers & InSecurity!
  Columbus Distributing Co.
  Monster Drink
  Ares Sportswear
  Kroger Short North
  Rankin & Rankin Insurance
  Putnam/Lewis Insurance
  Thurber Village Market BP
  The Short North Alliance
  Mikey’s Late Night Slice
  Larry Wyatt Sound Crew
  North Market
  Cameron Mitchell Restaurant
  Short North
  Columbus Monthly + Dispatch
  The Media
IN MEMORYOur Fallen Troops * Fire Inspector Virgil Moore * Dave Artz * Danny Muko *Billy Kendrick * Pat Cotton * Mr. Zanetos * Billy Kendrick * Mark Thompson * Robert T. Marks * Jane Juergens * Joseph A. Giampapa * 2014 Doo Dah Parade Dedicated In Memory of Ronald E. Fauver

Doo Dah DisOrganizers

T-Shirt Squad (Co-Cap-e-tan) - Bob Wicks + (Co-Cap-e-tan) Sharon Young + Sales Team; Tom Crowe + Mrs Doo Dah - Dianne Kiener; Aimee Starner + Nick Starner + Dave Naillen + Maureen Thompson; T-Shirt Graphic God – Josh McCoullough; Poster Print Whore - Charlie Baltzer; Founder - Gregory Carr; UnOfficial Starter - Joe Theibert; UnOfficial Jr. Starter – Michael J. Doodey; Emperor of the Short North- Doug Ritchey; Clean-Up on Isle 4 - Marty Stutz; ChairChicklets - Bill & Lisa Wood; Princess – Kirsten King; Childish Issues - Micah; Law & DisOrder of Doo Dah – Todd & Mindy Law; Less-Than-Grand Marshal Handler - Walt Theiman; Bobby the Mailman; InSecurity – Myeesa Robertson;  It’s all a Sign – Kris Booth; Stage Hand – Shanna Harrell; "No Parking" on the Dance Floor - Keith McInturf; Block Party MisManagement - Suzi Simpson; Bean Counter & Bail Bondsman – Bob Marks; InSECURITY Chief – Dave Starner; Legal Beagle King Charlie Loutzenhiser; Mz Doo Dah, ChairChick & Queen of Doo Dah - Deb Roberts

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Kroger Community Rewards Reminder
Don't forget!
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
2. FAQs (.pdf)

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Don't step in Doo-Doo! CowTV presents highlights from the 2009 Doo-Dah Parade from cowtvprod on Video.

Doo Dah Parade 2008
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Doo Dah Parade 2008
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Doo Dah Parade 2008
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Doo Dah Parade 2008
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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!

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 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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