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Meadowlark Lemon leads Doo Dah Saturday after Basset Olympics, Comedy Revue Friday

Meadowlark Lemon, the legendary Clown Prince of Basketball, famous for his skill and humor as a member of the Harlem Globe Trotters, will be grand marshal of the City’s 26th Annual Doo Dah Parade on Saturday. Meadowlark traveled over 5 million miles and participated in more than 16,000 basketball games in 100 countries as a 25 year member of the Globe Trotters. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2003 and received the NBA Lifetime Achievement- Jim Bunn Award in 2,000. He is also a member of the International Clown Hall of Fame, a tribute to his comedic talents. At 78, Meadowlark still plays basketball with his own team, has a ministry and is active in numerous charitable organizations. He is frequently in movies and on television. Just three... Read More

The Orgins and Development of the Doo Dah-Earth Day Weekend

Over the past 26 years, the Doo Dah Parade has expanded into a Weekend Celebration of Mirth and Earth. What began as a take-off on California’s spoof of the Rose Bowl with unusual brigades has developed into a unique celebration of humor available only in Ocean City. One element that has added to the event is the honoring of legendary comedians who serve as grand marshals in the Parade and appear in a comedy show. These have included Carol Channing, Mickey Rooney, Soupy Sales, Edie Adams, Bill Dana, Larry Storch, Shelly Berman, Dr. Irwin Corey, Charlie Callas, Zacherly, Frank Gorshen, Joe Franklin, Jay North (Dennis the Menace) and this year the Clown Prince of Basketball and America’s Ambassador to the World, Meadowlark Lemon. We also honored W.C. Fields, Abbott and Costello and... Read More

Easter Weekend, Doo Dah-Earth Day Events in Ocean City

This year our Doo Dah-Earth Day Weekend comes before EASTER WEEKEND. Here's a rundown on what to expect. Ocean City Easter events kick-off with a fashion competition for pets. Events begin on Sat., April 23 at 11 a.m. with the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. The contest is open to any pet that will not eat another pet. Categories include Best Dressed Dog, Cat, Miscellaneous, Bathing Suits, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Most Patriotic, Best Bonnet, Cutest Tail Wagger and Pet-Owner Look Alike. Ribbons will be awarded. Best of Show receives the Dean Schofield Woofin’ Paws Plaque for Perfection. A $5 entry fee for individual pets and a $10 fee for multiple entries (no limit) benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. Register for the contest at the field starting... Read More

Earth Day Program Moved to City Hall Annex During Parade

The City's EARTH DAY CELEBRATION has been moved to the City Hall Annex Parking Lot, 901 Asbury Ave. The date has been changed to Sat., April 16th so that attendees can also enjoy the City’s 26th Annual Doo Dah Parade that will roll by the Annex Parking Lot at noon time. The Earth Day program will be held from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. before, during and after the Parade. It will include environmental displays, Green Giveaways, Children’s activities and entertainment. There is one other change in the Doo Dah Weekend Schedule. The HUMOR PROGRAM featuring internationally acclaimed humorists, Dr. Joel Goodman and Margie Ingram has been moved to the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. on Fri., April 15 at 2 p.m. Admission if free thanks to a grant from the Ocean City Free... Read More

OCIS4ME, O2BNOC-2, OCDRMN, AHHOC: 23 License Plate Winners Announced

Ocean City's License Plate contest attracted an array of entries. Judges selected those they considered the 23 best. These were divided into two categories, Ocean City Promotional and Ocean City Affection. Winners and Runners Up have been named in both categories. The Winners in each category will receive framed plaques and the Runners Up, Certificates of Appreciation. The majority of entries were by email and many did not give hometown addresses. These winners will be notified by email. Many of those who entered told stories of visiting Ocean City for years, then eventually buying second homes or permanent residences because they loved the community so much. We’d like to thank all who entered the contest. We appreciate your interest and affection for Ocean City. WINNERS (Hometowns are listed if provided) Ocean City Promotional: O2BNOC-2, Jane French... Read More

CHASING THE ICE TRUCK AND THE GREAT SERIAL RIP-OFF!

In a quieter time, before World War II, we would chase the ice truck down Kerlin Street on steamy, August afternoons. When the truck stopped for a delivery, the driver would let us grab the small pieces of ice that littered the soaked floor boards of his well, worn vehicle. That ice belonged to us. There was never a question about it. It was the Diamond Ice and Coal Company’s contribution to the youth of the neighborhood. We would suck the cold chunks as they melted in our hands. It a good way to cool off and it was fun. There was even a competitive aspect. The kid who grabbed the largest chunk of ice was considered the winner of a make believe contest. We all understood that without speaking a word. There... Read More

Doo Dah Parade Named a Top Ten Event By AAA World Magazine

The Automobile Association of America's AAAWORLD MAGAZINE has just selected our Doo Dah Parade in its Ten For The Road, their picks “for the Top 10 Events in the Region.” Ocean City was one of only two communities in New Jersey to be selected, the other being Cape May for its Sherlock Holmes Weekend. Ocean City consistently wins awards as a community for its tourism, downtown and environmental achievements. It was just named as one of the most vital independent retail (downtown) markets in the nation by the Independent Retail National Leadership Summit. It has been named the number one family beach resort in the country by the Travel Channel, the number one vacation spot in the region by the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the Ten Most Unforgettable Vacations in the Nation... Read More

Meadowlark Lemon, A Legendary Contributor to Black History Month

Meadowlark Lemon, the phenomenal basketball player and beloved star of the Harlem Globe Trotters, will be a timely grand marshal for the City’s Doo Dah Parade on April 16. He will be an excellent follow-up to Black History Month celebrated in February.  In his more than 25 seasons, Meadowlark played in 16,000 games, in 94 countries performing before kings, queens, presidents and popes.  He was the premier ambassador of American good will to multi millions of fans here and in over 100 countries.  He is an important figure in the integration of sports in this country. Meadowlark and the Globe Trotters also focused much needed attention on American basketball and the fledgling National Basketball Assn. (1)They showcased the skills of black players providing pro basketball with a welcomed... Read More

Doo Dah Entries Available, Meadowlark Lemon Dinner Set

Registration forms for the City's 26th Annual Doo Dah Parade are now available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., 609-525-9300, on weekends by calling 609-364-4010 or by emailing msoifer@hotmail.com.The event is set for Sat., April 16 (just two months away) starting at noon. Entry in the parade is free. Grand Marshal will be Meadowlark Lemon, the legendary Harlem Globe Trotter and a member of the National Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame. Meadowlark will be a special guest at a dinner Theater program in his honor on April 15 at the Flanders Hotel. He will greet guest, sign autographs, pose for photos and sign copies of his new book. Impersonators of legendary comedians will also pose for photos and greet attendees prior to their performances. The Ted Prior band will be featured. For... Read More