2019 DooDah Parade Spotlights Energy, Inclusion, Acceptance
In some ways it wasn't a traditional DooDah Parade in Downtown Kalamazoo. While the origins of the parade are based on parody and poking a little gentle fun at current events, the 2019 DooDah Parade was first about a theme, but more so about embracing a topic that is in the news headlines a lot currently.
With Consumers Energy a sponsor for the parade along with the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, the general suggested theme was energy, energizing and in a more generic form, electricity.
And with the Pride Festival having supplanted Greekfest at Arcadia Creek Festival Site on Super Saturday, a secondary theme was diversity, inclusion and acceptance and "Love Who You Are".
For the competitive portion of the parade, the results were:
First Place: Oddlympics by the Kalamazoo Rotary Club
Second Place: JCI Kalamazoo – The Real Ghostwives of Kalamazoo
Third Place: #LookBeyond #BeStigmaFree – Wired to be stigma free
The Judges Choice for Theme And Parody:
First Place: Outfront Kalamazoo – Theme: Love Who You Are
Second Place: Gentle Dentistry – Theme – Healthy Smiles
Third Place: Sherman Lake YMCA – theme – HCRR Heroes Fight for Good