Rescheduled Do-Dah Parade cancelled

The annual summer kick-off parade postponed to August has been cancelled.

The unofficial kick-off to summer had to be postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s been cancelled outright.

The Do-Dah Parade, usually held the first weekend in June, was rescheduled for August 15 and was planned to run in reverse – with people parading past the floats instead of the other way around.

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With coronavirus cases on the rise in Michigan, the city of Kalamazoo felt the celebration wasn’t worth the risk. City Manager Jim Ritsema revoked the event’s permit after the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department raised concerns about the risk, according to a report on WWMT.

The move appears to have been a sudden change for event organizers who were soliciting attendees on Facebook as recently as Tuesday afternoon.

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