English: Regis Philbin at the Vanity Fair kickoff party for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Doo Dah Parade goes off earlier in the day on April 8
Regis Philbin will be master of ceremonies for Ocean City’s fourth annual Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 8. Tickets go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, March 10.
Tickets ($25 to $35) will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 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 pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday (April 8) on the Ocean City Music Pier. Mr. Mature, a tribute to men ages 55 and older, is the first and only event of its kind in the nation. It opens with a raucous production number, includes talent and poise competitions, and mixes humor with nostalgia. Philbin’s quick wit will be a perfect fit. In addition to hosting, the popular TV personality will conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.
More than 10, a record number in the pageant’s short history, will vie for the title. Celebrity judges will include Miss New Jersey Brenna Weick and QVC on-air host Bethanie Lori.
Mark Soifer, the founder of the pageant and of many other special events in Ocean City, will be honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Soifer retired at the end of 2016 at the age of 84, after a 45-year career as public relations director for the city.
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. Boardwalk merchant We Make It Personal will provide prizes.
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.