OC Doo Dah

Penelope, of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, joins fellow hounds Saturday at the annual Doo Dah Parade down Asbury Avenue. in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — Erik Estrada will trade his motorcycle seat for a seat of honor April 14 as grand marshal of the annual madcap Doo Dah Parade.

Estrada, known for his role as heartthrob California Highway Patrol Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncharello on the classic TV series “CHiPs,” also will emcee the Mr. Mature America pageant that night. He will conduct on-stage interviews with contestants during the fifth annual event.

The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. To sign up as a contestant, go to ocnj.us/mrmature.

The Doo Dah Parade, which starts at noon, will feature marching bands, floats and more than 500 basset hounds. A “pie-asco” invites people to smoosh their friends with pies at the end of the procession. To participate in the parade, visit ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.

Also Tuesday, the city announced more acts for its summer concert series. The Indigo Girls will perform July 9, the Bacon Brothers will come to town Aug. 6 and singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will play Aug. 13. To purchase tickets, go to ticketmaster.com.

— Maxwell Reil

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I’ve written for multiple publications including Levittown Now, Passyunk Post, Philadelphia Neighborhoods,Temple News and JUMP Magazine. I’ve covered arts, entertainment, business, music, sports and local government. Experienced in videography.

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