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The 32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade triumphantly celebrates community lunacy and liberty

The 32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade triumphantly celebrates community lunacy and liberty
The recent [32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][1] triumphantly celebrated community lunacy and liberty on hallowed ground at [Goodale Park][2] while also boasting a free music block party at High Street and Buttles Avenue that ran from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Yes, a full contingent of Fourth of July festivities unbroken, for once, by the merciless rain seemingly plaguing every big locally planned event lately. This year, the adventure started at Grand Marshal [Gregg Dodd][3]'s home with the pre-party and float preparations. [caption id="attachment_10247" align="aligncenter" width="507"][![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-01]][4] Greg Dodd[/caption] Having a vague notion of the theme for that float (devils and angels), with various other religious figures — and arriving two hours before the parade was due to start — we at _Now It's Dark_ were ready to help and frankly, ready for anything. After all, this was the 2015 Doo Dah Parade. Float preparations included balloons, cotton balls, flags, ribbons and a completely decadent throne for Dodd. [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10248,10249,10250,10251,10252"] Stopping by Dodd's home to take a break, we enjoyed the vast outdoor patio, fire pit and music playing. [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10253,10254"] Clearly, this would be a fun party after the parade. [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10255,10256"] Heading inside, we noticed Dodd's first year poster for the Doo Dah Parade hanging on the wall (vintage 1999) and liked his creative collection of art. [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10257,10258"] We made our way back over to the float and rode over to the parade route which only took minutes but did require some maneuvering to get into location towards the end of the festivities line. Thankfully, our driver was well experienced at pulling a long trailer and made turning and positioning look effortless. We took a couple more pictures and then walked up the parade route and talked with other people in the staging area. [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10260,10261"] We found the [Artists Wrestling League][5] ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-02]][6] [Haunted Hoorah][7] ... [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10264"] ... and burlesque dancers as we started down the line. [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-03]][8] Then came [Joseph Knapik][9], host of the annual zombie walk with his gang of the undead ... [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10266,10267"] There were lots of photographers covering the action including local great [Kris Misevski][10]. [caption id="attachment_10268" align="aligncenter" width="390"][![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-04]][11] Kris Misevski[/caption] As we moved along, we found a group protesting the draining of [Buckeye Lake][12] ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-05]][13] Junior Superheros ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-06]][14] ... and a patriotic butterfly drawing attention to the upcoming Aug. 11 [Improv Wars at Studio 35][15]. [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-07]][16] Seen everywhere around events in Columbus, Chet and Morgan stopped and posed for a picture. [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-08]][17] Sesame Street was on the scene and careful not to wander away from each other ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-09]][18] We admired the Jeep adorned with wine corks ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-10]][19] And what's a parade without [Open Heart Creatures][20]? [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10275,10276"] [SwingColumbus][21] was towards the front, ready to thrown down some great swing dancing with East Coast, Lindy Hop to go ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-11]][22] Who wouldn't want to keep the parade activities moving forward in this fish guided cart? [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-12]][23] We walked back to the end of the parade to catch any last minute additions and found a group from [Rocky Horror Picture Show][24] ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-13]][25] Belly dancers were ready at the end of the line to wrap up the parade ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-14]][26] And, it was finally time for the parade to begin ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-15]][27] So we made our way to the start to see the opening ceremony ... [![32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade][img-16]][28] And what follows, is ... Doo Dah in all its glory.  If you missed it, we at Now It's Dark will see you next year.   _**Composed, edited and posted by Managing Editor Breck J. 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