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Who's Who at the Doo Dah Parade

WHO WILL BEGIN PARADE:  The colorful Pitman Hobo Band will lead the Ocean City’s 30th Doo Dah Parade on Saturday, April 11th. The legendary Pitman organization has been with us all 30 years of the event. The Parade starts at noon at 6th and Asbury Ave., goes to 12th and Asbury, turns to the Boardwalk and ends at the Music Pier where there will be various ceremonies and the exciting PieAsco.

The Hobo Band will be joined by two Dixieland Bands, a Bagpipe Band and the “School of Rock,” two high school pop bands.

WHO WILL END THE PARADE: At least 500, easy going, ear flapping, tail wagging Basset Hounds in honor of the Tri State Basset Hound Rescue League that finds a home for abandoned bassets and rehabilitates them. Following the Parade there will be a gathering of the friendly pooches at the High School Practice Field, 6th St. off Boardwalk. The public is invited to fraternize with the doggies and enjoy the display tents. Admission is free.

 

THE OCEAN CITY DOG PARK will also feature a Canine Brigade of dog park luminaries.

WHO WILL BE GRAND MARSHAL: Momma Dietz, the CEO and colorful spokesperson of Dietz and Watson, will be grand marshal. Dietz and Watson has been the major sponsor of the Parade since its beginning. Momma Dietz, a 90-year-old dynamo, has been with the company for 70 years. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she is responsible for its phenomenal growth. 

WHO ELSE OF NOTE WILL BE FEATURED IN THE PARADE: Hall of Fame Rock’n Roll drummer of the original Bill Haley’s Comets, Ocean City’s Dick Richards; Mr. Mature America 2015, Gary Sakas; Michael T. Wright, impersonating the late Joe Franklin, former grand marshal who greatly assisted the Parade, Martin Z. Mollusk, Wonder Bear; Trash Buster, the Canned Crusader, who has been in every Parade; Mr. Pie in the Face, who stars in the PieAsco smooshing after the Parade.

WHO ELSE OF NOTE? Rapid T. Rabbit’s array of costumed characters who have been with the Parade for 20 years. Based out of New York, this brigade features performers who have appeared throughout the Country. There will be Shore Points Roller Blade Contingent, the Ghost Busters Brigade, and many other humorous groups to entertain viewers.  Also impersonators of legendary comedians including Harpo Marx and Laurel and Hardy.

Plus: The Ocean City High School Drama Club Brigade, Ocean City and Cape May County Pageant winners , and many other humorous individuals. After the Parade, visitors are invited to meet the celebrities and characters in front of the Music Pier.

Special Guest will be Scott Schell who has composed an album of songs about the Doo Dah Parade and will perform one on the reviewing stand after the Parade.

FINAL PARADE EVENT will be the popular PieAsco in honor of the late, great comedian Soupy Sales who attended Doo Dah for six consecutive years. Soupy had one of the first humorous syndicated TV shows. A feature of the show would be the appearance of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. who would smoosh each other in the face with Shaving Cream Pies. Shaving cream was used because it could be quickly removed from the expensive suits of his guests without causing damage.

After the Parade, folks will sit in grandstands by the Music Pier and when Dick Richards gives the signal - smoosh each other. Entry in event is free. Bring a towel.

BUT WAIT! WAIT! THERE’S MORE! On Friday April 11th, the day before the Parade, the Basset hound folks will hold the hilarious Basset Hound Olympics, 1p.m. on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. The nonchalant bassets race (sort of) leap over hurdles (some prefer walk around them) negotiate tunnels, then wander to the sidelines and take a nap. Event is free.

Also on Friday, Dr. Joel Goodman, creator of the Humor Project of Saratoga Springs New York, will present a program on the benefits of humor, 2 p.m., at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Goodman has given such programs on all seven continents of the world and for many major corporations and government agencies. Entry is free.

GOT TALENT? If so, the organizers of the Ocean City Talent Show at the Music Pier want you to be a part of their competition to highlight Delaware Valley performers. The search is on for contestants in vocal, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, etc. Contestants of all ages in either solo or groups are invited. Want to participate? Complete application at www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call (609) 398-1118. Applications should be completed and returned by April 28. There are a limited number of contestant’s spaces, so act now. Prizes, trophies and cash will be awarded.

The talent competition will be open to the public on Sat., May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $10 per person with proceeds benefiting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. For tickets, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

The Ocean City High School Drama Guild presents SUESSICAL THE MUSICAL on Thurs., April 16 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., April 18 at 2 pm. and 7:30 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. For advance sales, call (609) 399-1290 x1442. The musical is directed by Don Toal Jr.

The South Jersey Jazz Society presents The Art of Pure Improvisation by Quartetto presented by Michael Pedicin. It will be a three part series with Michael explaining the premise and concept about what is to take place.

The programs are set for April 12, 19 and 26 with Pedicin on the Saxophones and other talented musicians accompanying him. All programs are free at 2 p.m. in the Ocean Free Public Library, Chris Maloney Lecture Hall, 17th and Simpson Ave. On April 26, special guest will be poet Rina Terry.  For more information visit SouthJerseyJazz.org  or call (609) 927-6677.

WANTED: Contestants for Miss Night In Venice to lead Boat Parade on July 11th. The Miss Night In Venice Committee invites young ladies 15 years and older to compete for the title of Miss Night In Venice or become a member of her court. For details about the competition, call (609) 425-5708.

The Friends of the Ocean City Free Public Library present the annual AUTHOR’S HIGH TEA, Thurs., May 7th at 2 p.m. in the Flanders Hotel. Guest author will be David Dean, who will discuss his novel, “The Thirteenth Child.” Tickets will be on sale Fri., April 10th from 6-8 p.m. and Sat., April 11th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Atrium of the Library. Cost per ticket is $28 with a limit of 8 tickets per person. Open seating. Cash or check only.

SAVE THE DATE: The City’s popular SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set for Sat., May 2 from 5th to 14th St. on Asbury Ave, hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 350 crafters plus food vendors, music, entertainment and more. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

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