Get Ready to Laugh Kalama-SEUSS, the Do-Dah Parade Returns June 3, 2023

Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade

Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade: A Festive and Fun-Filled Summer Tradition

Looking for summer activities in Kalamazoo? You can’t beat the joy a parade brings, especially one so hilarious that you’re in stitches the whole time.

The Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade marches to the beat of its own drum, connecting the community though satire and silliness on June 3, 2023.

Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade

This year’s Do-Dah Parade theme is Children’s Stories so you can guarantee to see some of your kid’s favorite characters come to life.

Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade Highlights

Local businesses and organizations take to the streets to provide entertainment for the crowds in downtown Kalamazoo. You’ll see decorations and costumes and a whole lot of laugh-out-loud moments at this annual event.

Modeled after the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena, California, this family-friendly parade uses parody to laugh, poke fun and create conversation.

Kalamazoo has had the Do-Dah Parade for almost 40 years. The tradition continues as the “funniest” parade in the area.

The Big Banana Car is larger than life.

Dates & Times Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade

Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 11:00 AM


Downtown Kalamazoo- the parade starts at the intersection of Portage and Lovell

Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade

Do-Dah Parade Route

Find a spot along the parade route by 11:00 AM. The Do-Dah Parade begins by WMU at Portage and Lovell. You can watch the silliness from anywhere along the route.

Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade

Parade route: Portage and Lovell to Rose, Rose to Michigan, Michigan to Portage, and Portage back to Lovell.

Vote for Your Favorite Do-Dah Parade Participants

If watching isn’t enough, you also get to vote for your favorite group. Use your phone to scan a QR code and cast your vote. Follow the Do-Dah Parade Event on Facebook for the QR code.

Last year’s Do-Dah winner? Kazoo Kayaking Women. They paddled down Michigan Avenue in their invisible kayaks!

The Breakfast Optimist Club energzies the crowd.

There’s already a big list of participants for this year’s Do-Dah Parade. See anyone you know?

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Bee Joyful Shop
Blain’s Fleet and Farm
Doja & Lake Effect
Final Gravity Brewing
Kalamazoo Children’s Alliance
Kalamazoo County Pre-K
Kalamazoo Ghostbusters
KZOO Whisker Crew
New Genesis Inc. of Kalamazoo
Outfront Kalamazoo
Ralph Moyle Inc.
Republic Services
Rootead Enrichment Center
Van Buren Youth Camp

Join the Parade!

Why not make your day extra special in be in the parade? If you’re a business or a nonprofit , take to the streets to promote your personality. There’s still time to sign up.

Your challenge? Reinvigorate the meaning of “Do-Dah” through the theme of: Kalama-SEUSS: Children’s Stories Take To the Streets!

Kalamazoo Do Dah Parade Float Pests
Pest Pros helping out along the parade route.

Fun Way to Reach the Community

The Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade is a unique way to provide entertainment and advertise in the community.

A Do-Dah Marching Band.

Consider Volunteering

Volunteers are always needed to help make the parade a success.

Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade Volunteers

They are considered the stars of the parade and they make the magic happen. Tasks include helping with the line up, answering questions and being a Cross Walk Guide.

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