by Jill P

It’s here! Time of one of our favorite family-friendly parades in Kalamazoo. You won’t want to miss the wackiness and fun of the annual Do-Dah Parade.


The traditional Do-Dah Parade route starts at Lovell and Jasper Street and moves to Park Street, to Michigan Avenue, and moves to Portage Street, where it ends back at Portage and Lovell. The parade kicks off at 10:45 am and will be in the heart of downtown by 11:00 am.

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The annual Do-Dah Parade has been a tradition in Downtown Kalamazoo for 33 years. It is anticipated that nearly 60 different companies, organizations, neighborhood groups, and schools will participate. This year’s parade will be filled with dancing queens, bobble heads, and vegan vegetables.

The Do-Dah Parade was originally started in 1984 by Lori Moore and in response to the need for more fun, innovative and family programming. Since then, the Parade has been hosted by WKFR, Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated and now, The Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center. The Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center held workshops, funded through an “inspire creativity” grant with the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. The parade units are working diligently to instill creativity, healthy energy, community gathering, and laughter in the streets. This is Do-Dah.




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Our readers are always looking for ways to contribute to our community. Here’s an awesome way! Buy an unopened pack of diapers for a local family in need. Bring them to the drop site on the SE corner of Lovell & Park Street on the parade route. #DiaperPartyontheMove

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Hope you can make it to this year’s Do-Dah Parade!





By | 2017-05-30T14:27:50+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Kids, Newly Published|Comments Off on Do-Dah Parade This Weekend: Wackiness To Delight Your Family

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.