Actor Erik Estrada will be grand marshal for the 2018 Doo Dah Parade April 14 in Ocean City and return that night to serve as master of ceremonies for the Mr. Mature America Pageant.
Estrada first captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide during his six-year run as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the TV series "CHiPs." He has also appeared in numerous other television and movie roles, including the new "Armed and Famous" reality series on CBS.
"His talent and charm 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," Ocean City public information officer Doug Bergen said in a press release.
Ocean City's Doo Dah Parade
Ocean City held its annual Doo Dah Parade on Saturday, April 8. The event was filled with fun bands, wacky characters and, of course, hundreds and hundreds of basset hounds. The grand marshal Regis Philbin was driven up the boardwalk in style in a vintage pink convertible.
Photos by Pamela Dollak
The fifth annual Mr. Mature America Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States, according to Bergen.
Contestants compete in talent, poise and appearance, a judge’s interview, and an on-stage question. Estrada will conduct the on-stage interviews.
Registration is open to any contestant age 55 or older. For information or to sign up see ocnj.us/mrmature.
Earlier in the day, Estrada will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.
The procession features marching bands, floats, and a brigade of more than 500 basset hounds. The traditional finale at the end of the parade includes a “Pie-asco” at the Ocean City Music Pier, in which everybody is invited to smoosh their friends with shaving-cream pies.
The parade starts at noon at Sixth Street and travels downtown Asbury Avenue to 12th Street, then turns to the Boardwalk at 12th Street and (new this year) finishes on the boardwalk at Fifth Street.
The parade is now open to all entries. See more information and register to participate in the parade at www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.