An inoffensive DooDah parade? isn't that an oxymoron?
The DooDah portion of the annual Come-See-Me Festival is back. Organizers hope to revive a tradition that, at best, was a funny, bawdy but good-natured commen-tary on various issues of the day and, at worst, was inoffensive and dull. In fact, dullness probably is what killed DooDah in the early 1990s after organizers tried to ensure that it always would be in good taste.
In the 1980s, DooDah, the tail end of the festival parade, was one of the most popular events in Come-See-Me. Whole neighborhoods would get together weeks before the parade to plan a theme, assign roles, make costumes and build props.
The idea was to be more outrageous than the other teams. And judges sat on a dais along the parade route to determine the winning neighborhood, which received a sign declaring it the Doo-Dah winner to display for the year.
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The rule for entries this year is that they must be family-friendly. That is not too much to ask; DooDahers can be outrageous but still keep it clean.
We hope DooDah will regain the popularity it had 20 years ago. While it was a lively spectacle for parade watchers, it also was a great way for neighbors to get together and have a good time.
A new generation of Rock Hill residents now will have a chance to stretch their wits, pick some pompous person or organization to skewer, put on ridiculous costumes and make fools of themselves in front of hundreds of people.
It just doesn't get much better than that.
The parade will commence at 6 p.m. tonight. It will wind from East White Street to Oakland Avenue, ending at Winthrop University's Dinkins Student Center.