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25th Annual Doo Dah Parade & Earth Day Weekend Set

A Celebration of Mirth and Earth The City’s 25th Annual Doo Dah Parade on Sat., April 17 is the center piece of a weekend dedicated to humor that ends with the community’s annual celebration of Earth Day.

The Parade begins at noon at 6th and Asbury Ave., continues to 12th and Asbury, then turns to the Boardwalk and concludes at the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace.

This year’s celebration is dedicated to the legendary comedian, Soupy Sales, who passed away in December. Soupy attended the Parade for the past eight years and presided over the PieAsco, a massive pie in the face extravaganza, held following the Parade in front of the Music Pier.

Shelley Berman, a comedian, movie and TV actor will be guest of honor and receive a lifetime achievement award at the reviewing stand after the Parade. Berman, one of the famous NewWave comedians of the 60’s, still performs in Las Vegas and as a character actor on Boston Legal, Hannah Montana, CSI-NY and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Trudy Sales, a former June Taylor dancer and Soupy’s wife, will be grand marshal. The parade will again feature a Basset Hound Waddle with over 500 of the floppy eared canines loping along Asbury Avenue. There will be humorous brigades, kooky individuals, ten musical groups, clowns and impersonators of legendary comedians including Lucy, Joan Rivers, Jack Benny, Groucho and Harpo Marx, George Burns, Laurel and Hardy and Abbot and Costello.

The weekend kicks off with the rollicking Basset Hound Olympics, 1 p.m., Fri., April 16 at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Bassets will race through tunnels, hop over hurdles, compete in floppy eared sprints, then settle down and snooze. Entry is free.

There will be a program featuring world renowned humorists Dr. Joel Goodman and Margie Ingram 7 p.m. Fri., April 16 at Wesley by the Bay, 22nd and Bay Ave. The public is invited. Admission is free thanks to a grant by the Ocean City Free Public Library. Those who plan to attend should make reservations by calling 609-525-9300 as seating is limited.

A Doo Dah Comedy Show is set for Sat., April 17 following the Parade in the Music Pier Auditorium at 3 p.m. featuring Shelley Berman and the comedian impersonators, plus Elvis performer, Ted Prior. The program will be a tribute to Soupy Sales with the impersonators recreating classic routines like Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First?” Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and may be reserved by calling City Hall Annex, 609-525-9300 or 609-364-4010 on weekends. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Those who participate in the Parade will receive an “I Was A Hotdog For A Day” T Shirt and hotdog lunch from Dietz and Watson, the event’s major sponsor. To be a part of the Parade and/or the PieAsco afterwards, call 609-525-9300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The City’s Annual Earth Day Celebration is set for Sun., April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bayside Center, 5th and Bay Avenue. Admission is free.

The event will include environmental displays and lectures, give-aways, entertainment, the Turtle Singers, and children’s games, plus a race between local mascots. Wonder Bear, Shriver’s Taffy and Trash Buster are already signed for the 1 p.m. sprint. Others are poised to accept the challenge.

The Island End to End Bike Tour concludes 10 a.m. at the Center. There will be a WIBG live radio remote and performance by the Turtle Singers at 11 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony and recognition of guests at noon.

A lecture series is set from 12:45 p.m. till 3 p.m. on the first floor of the Bayside Center. There will be children’s activities, Arts and Crafts, Environmental Displays, food and refreshments plus music and entertainment. A Reusable Bag Design Contest is new this year. Vote for your favorite

Call 609-525-9333 or access www.ocnj.us/EarthDay for information.