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The annual Doo Dah Comedy Show held the day before the Parade will offer a varied program of humor and music. The program is set for Fri., April 12 starting 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission is by donation of canned or dried food or a $10 donation to the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

Entertainment will range from songs by Pretty Perky Peggy King, Hollywood Walk of Fame entertainer, a cartoon demonstration by John McPherson, internationally syndicated cartoonist and a baton twirling demonstration by 80 year old Betty Lambert of Harmony, Pa.


There will also be a video honoring the life of famed comedian Soupy Sales narrated by Peabody award winning Children’s TV personality Kathy O’Connel. Impersonators of legendary comedians including Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, George Burns, Charo and Lucy, Abbott and Costello will conclude the program.

All show participants will be featured in the Parade on Saturday, April 13, which begins at 6th and Asbury Ave. at noon, proceeds to 12 and Asbury and concludes at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace in front of the Music Pier.

An awards ceremony will be held at that location immediately following the Parade followed by the colorful PieAsco during which folks in grandstands smoosh each other with shaving cream pies. This year a new contest will be held to determine the most artistic plasterings.

The Parade will feature humorous individual and group examples of humor, clowns, decorated doggies highlighted by 600 basset hounds, six bands, surprises plus show participants. Baton twirler Betty Lambert will lead the Ocean City High School Band in front of the Parade. The Pitman Hobo Band and Atlantic City Bagpipe Band will also be featured. The Ocean City Board of Realtors will present a special

“We Are Ready, Come See For Yourself” Brigade emphasizing that the City is prepared to accommodate it’s vacationers following Super Storm Sandy.

The always popular 600 basset hounds will participate in the hilarious Basset Hound Olympics on Fri., April 12 at 1 p.m. on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. The floppy eared canines will hop over hurdles if in the mood, negotiate tunnels and sprint to a finish before curling in the sun for a snooze. The Basset Hounds are sponsored by the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League and may be studied close up and personal following the Parade during a gathering at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk.

Also on April 12 at 2 p.m., famed humorist, Dr. Joel Goodman, will present a program on the benefits of humor at the Ocean City Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Goodman has lectured on all seven continents of the world and is a favorite of major corporations. All Doo Dah events are free with the exception of the Comedy Show. Downtown merchants will feature special Doo Dah Bargains during the weekend.

(April 13) The Princess and Pirate TEA. Wear your favorite Princess and Pirate Costumes 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 501 E. 8th St. Includes visits with live princesses and pirates games, sandwiches and cookies. $10 per person, reservations only. Call (609) 399-2988. Proceeds benefit St. Peter’s Children and Youth Ministries.

(April 15) The Ocean City Exchange Club will honor the City’s State Championship BASKETBALL Team at the Tuckahoe Inn at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, call (609)381-6841.

(April 18) Bus Trip to Washington, D.C. HOLOCAUST Museum and National Cathedral Tour of Evensong. Bus leaves Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. at 8 a.m. Includes lunch, bus admissions. Cost is $95, advance registration required. For information, call (609)399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

(April 25, 26 at 7 p.m., April 27 at 2 and 7 p.m.) The Ocean City High School Drama Club presents “Footloose, the Musical” at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $12 and $15. Call (609) 399-1290 ext. 1442.

(April 25) FORGOTTEN HEROES, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. American Legion Post 524 will host a ceremony honoring the memory of four Cape May County Veterans who passed away and their remains have been unclaimed up to now. Following the ceremony the cremains of these veterans will be escorted from Ocean City to Cape My County Veterans Memorial Cemetery for internment. The public is invited to join.

(April 27) Clean Ocean Action BEACH SWEEP is set from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stop at Music Pier Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are invited to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep beaches clean and safe and protect the coastal environment. Call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9711.

(April 27-28) Boardwalk and Downtown TABLE SALES on Boardwalk and Downtown from 6th to 14th Sts.

Looking Ahead To May:

(May 2) MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY: Relatively Famous Hermit Crab creeps out on to the 9th St. Beach and attempts to see his shadow. If he is successful, summer comes one week early. If not, no big deal, it comes on time. Spectators sing “Some Enchanted Morning” to encourage MZM as his colorful entourage arrives at the beach led by Shelley the Mermaid, The fantastic Ocean City Fish, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band, Trash Buster, the Canned Crusader and Dr. Frankenstein, who checks Martin’s blood pressure to make sure he is healthy enough to attempt the arduous sighting. If Big Mama Llama shakes her head, Martin has successfully seen his shadow. Location may change if dredging is taking place on 9th St. that day.

(May 4) The Ocean City Mile Long SPRING BLOCK PARTY, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Over 350 crafters, food vendors, entertainment, and more.   Public service booths will be located on 9th between Central and West Avenues. Event is dedicated to the memory of Carolyn Murphy who directed the event for many years.

(May 18-19) FOUR AT THE SHORE Treasure Hunt: Join the North East’s largest Treasure Hunting club at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, to compete in a series of metal detector hunts for great prizes. A great family activity. Special children’s hunt on Saturday. No experience needed. Loner detectors available for children. Entrants can register at www.ecrda.net or at the Music Pier on Saturday. $95 for adults, $4 for children up to 13. For more information, call (732) 276-8251.

The 5K Annual Miles for Melanoma Race and the American Heart Assn. Walk will also be held on May 18th. More details next week or access www.ocnj.us now and find details under events listing.