Ocean City’s 32nd Annual Doo Dah Parade brought tens of thousands of visitors to Ocean City on Saturday afternoon. A spectacular blue sky may have been the main attraction for the event, which kicked off at noon and traveled through downtown Ocean City on Asbury Avenue and finished on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Regis Philbin was the Grand Marshal of the parade.The Doo Dah Parade featured Grand Marshal Regis Philbin. The TV Celebrity, actor, singer and entertainer is also hosting the Mr. Mature Pageant this evening at the Music Pier.In attendance was Mark Soifer, the legendary Director of Community Affairs for the City of Ocean City, who in 1985 started the Parade. He is also the brains behind the creation of the Mr. Mature America.The procession included bands, pageant queens, community organizations, Martin Z. Mollusk, Wonder Bear, and roughly 600 basset hounds.The crowd always enjoys the Hobo Band, and this year was no different.Martin Z. Mollusk entertained the crowd.The PieAsco — in which parade attendees are invited to smoosh friends and family with shaving cream pies in honor of comedian Soupy Sales — concluded the event.“Lucy & Ethal” otherwise known as Delores Wilson (Ocean City) and Becky Dickerson (Longport). They came out just to have some fun. By the looks of things, they sure did. The dogs ruled the avenue and the boardwalk for the day. This annual tradition is great fun and draws huge crowds to town. Deb McDonna from Coatsville, PA and Linda Brown from Downington, PA had a great time.The Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City is part of a weekend dedicated to humor and is modeled after an event in Pasadena, Calif. It has served as an early-spring draw for Ocean City and starts a series of special events that will continue through the summer, fall and into the New Year.The beach, boardwalk and downtown shops remained busy throughout the day.2016 Mr. Mature Rene Sese takes in his last parade while holding the title. Tonight a new Mr. Mature will be crown.
It was a tough night in the pool for Pini, who finished outside the top 16 to qualify.Pini took the pool at 3am (PNG Time) today, clocking in at 53.24 sec in heat two of the Men’s 100m butterfly event behind Canadian swimmer Condorelli Santo, who qualified at 51.99 sec.Pini thanked everyone for the support via his official Facebook page.“Thank you everyone for the support, unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. All that build up and energy into the one race.“Thank you to our Oceania supporters cheering us on and to those that got up at 3am to watch back home on TV.“Now I can take time to enjoy and cheer on our Pacific athletes on their journey,” he said.Pini is now ranked 30 in the world in the Men’s 100m butterfly with his current time of 53.24 sec.Picture courtesy of the PNG Olympic Committee