Friday, April 20, 2007


MENTAL STATUS: "Amused". My daughter is going to visit the Firehouse today for a school trip. She's really looking forward to it. It's so cute.

Ah, Friday again. End of the work week, date night, yada yada. Happiness all around. The weather is supposed to warm up this weekend, too. Finally. That will be nice for when we go to the Doo Dah Parade this weekend.

The Doo what? you ask.

Oh. The Doo Dah Parade.

**cue the blank expression from the blog reader**

Well, allow me to explain the event:

The Doo Dah was born in our town on April 19, 1986 to celebrate the end of the income tax season. It features unusual brigades including bed rollers, Alphabet Soup, motorcycle and beach chair drill team contingents; impersonators of legendary comedians such as Abbott and Costello, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Jack Benny, and Lucille Ball.

Over the years, comedians such as Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing, Soupy Sales, Frank Gorshin, Larry Storch, and Charlie Calas have attended to receive a life time achievement awards.

In essence, this parade celebrates humor.

(Um, I don't know if you know this but I kind of enjoy stuff like that. )

Nine years ago, the Basset Hound Rescue League asked to be part of the parade, too. This Saturday the League will showcase over 500 of those sweet little pups from 25 states and Ireland. (Most will be dressed up for the occasion like the picture below)

All who march in the Parade will receive a free "I Was a Hotdog for a Day T-Shirt" and a hotdog lunch from Parade major sponsor Dietz and Watson. The Parade concludes in front of our Music Pier and Pie-in-the-face Pioneer Soupy Sales will preside over the annual Pieasco. Participants sit in bleachers and when Soupy gives the signal, they smoosh each other with shaving cream pies.

Hokey? You bet. But I like it that way.

Have a great weekend!


Chicki said...

I love crazy stuff like that! Wish we had one here. The closest thing to that in Atlanta is the 4th of July parade. Everybody marches from the step and drill teams to the tattoo man (his entire body is covered, ugh!) to church choirs. It's always brutally hot, so the fire engines participating in the parade spray the crowd as they pass by. It's wild. We haven't been in years because I can't take the heat anymore. That's weird, isn't it - moved to the ATL and stay inside in the air conditioning...

Debora Dennis-Mills said...

This sounds like a blast - reminds me of when santa comes to town in San Diego on water skis...too fun. Enjoy!

Priya said...

Doh Dah Parade? sounds like fun!

Cynthia Brayden-Thomas said...

I could use some doodah in my life. Mostly, it's just doo. :(
Enjoy the parade and throw a pie for me, willya?
Oh--and please, post pictures. :)