Regis Philbin to Host Mr. Mature Pageant and Lead Doo Dah Parade

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ – 2/15/17

Ocean City announces today that Regis Philbin will be master of ceremonies for the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 8.

A veteran of more than five decades of talk shows, game shows and singing performances, Philbin is one of the most likable personalities in the history of television. His quick wit will be a perfect fit for Ocean City’s pageant, which mixes self-deprecating humor with nostalgia and talent in a tribute to men ages 55 and older. Philbin will host the fourth annual event and conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.

Earlier in the day, Philbin will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.

Still a force at 85, Philbin is a model for the successful Mr. Mature candidate. The pageant includes competition in talent, judge’s interview, poise and appearance, and on-stage question. The pageant is accepting applications for contestants. If you are or know a male 55 or older who would like to join the good-natured competition, complete the online application at or call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information.

The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. The historic Flanders Hotel returns as a founding sponsor this year. The Flanders will cater meals for contestants and will offer special rates for attendees during the pageant weekend.

Tickets for the show ($25 to $35) will go on sale at a date to be announced in early March and will be available at, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

The Doo Dah Parade was first held in Ocean City in 1986 as an event to herald the end of income tax season. It featured unusual entries like beach chair drill teams and fan clubs of legendary comedians. The route has always been the same. The parade begins on Asbury Avenue at Sixth Street, proceeds to 12th Street and turns east to the Boardwalk. It concludes in front of the Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For more than a decade, the parade has been anchored by more than 500 dogs from the Basset Hound Rescue League.

Registration is open to any individuals or groups who would like to participate in the parade (sign up online at The parade starts at noon on Saturday, April 8. Dietz and Watson returns as a sponsor for the event.



Concert promoter Bob Rose and BRE Entertainment announced Tuesday the latest booking for the Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier. Shawn Colvin will perform on Monday, July 31 with opening act Joan Osborne.

Colvin won a Song of the Year Grammy Award in 1998 with “Sunny Came Home,” and her songwriting career has spanned more than three decades. Tickets ($48 before service charges) will go on sale Friday (Feb. 17) at A pre-sale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday (use code BRE).

Tickets also are on sale for the first five shows announced in the 2017 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier: Dave Mason (June 19), the Temptations (June 26), Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 10), the Hooters (July 17 and 18) and the Beach Boys (August 21 and 22).

Visit to check prices and purchase tickets online (Dave Mason tickets, Southside Johnny tickets, Temptations tickets, Hooters tickets, Beach Boys tickets). Any unsold tickets for these shows will be available at Ocean City Music Pier box office in the spring.

Tickets also are on sale for Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience (3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 10 on the Ocean City Music Pier), the Ocean City Theatre Company’s Children’s Series (five morning stage shows on the Music Pier July 3 to Aug. 1), “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 11 to 14) and “Mary Poppins” (August 8 to 11).

Tickets for these shows are available at, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.




(Through Feb. 27) BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Ocean City Free Public Library’s Black History Month celebration continues 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 17) with a film screening of “The Jackie Robinson Story.” It concludes 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 with a performance by the Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre. All programs are free and open to the public at the library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue).

(Feb. 15) FLY FISHING LECTURE: The Ocean City Environmental Commission’s free lecture series continues 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a presentation from South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers. The program is free and will include information about the environmentally sound aspects of fly fishing in South Jersey waters. It will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the Ocean City Free Public Library.


(Feb. 24) OC’S GOT TALENT: Ocean City High School students break out in song, dance, humor, yo-yo-ing and more during the annual OC’s Got Talent show 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 in the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). The public is invited to watch the always-entertaining array of talents, and proceeds will benefit The Children’s Miracle Network of Philadelphia and senior scholarships for OCHS Key Club members. Though final auditions are not yet complete, this year’s show is rumored to include a duet, a vocalist, bands, a 12-person a cappella group, a yo-yo skit, the school color guard, a mystery teacher singing and playing guitar, and a mash-up of songs on piano. Tickets are $10 on the day of the show and available at the door. (See some highlights from the 2016 show.)




The Ocean City Board of Realtors “Food Is Love” drive is underway and continues through Feb. 28. The winter food drive will collect non-perishable food items, laundry and dish detergent, and ShopRite gift cards to be donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard for local needy families. Donations can be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street, or you can call the office at 609-399-0128 for pickup service.


Photo Captions:

Regis Philbin will host the 2017 Mr. Mature America Pageant at the Ocean City Music Pier at 7 p.m. April 8. Earlier in the day, he will be the grand marshal in the 32nd annual Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City.

Gary Sakas, 2015 Mr. Mature America, performs during the 2016 pageant in Ocean City.



Doug Bergen
Public Information Officer

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