|Rest in Peace, Mickey Rooney|
We have lost Shirley Temple and
Mickey Rooney in one year. Hard to
believe. Mickey had his brush
with Cape May County eight
years ago when he
hosted the Ocean City
Doo Dah Parade.
Here's how the
CapeMayTimes.Com covered it:
Mickey Rooney is Grand Marshal of Ocean City's Doo Dah Parade
Posted 4/10/06 Ocean City, NJ - Legendary actor and comedian Mickey Rooney will be grand Marshal of Ocean City’s 21st Annual Doo Dah Parade on Sat., April 22nd starting at noon. He will receive a lifetime achievement award on the Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier following the parade.
Mickey Rooney has appeared in over 200 films. He is currently in Vancouver, British Columbia filming “A Night In The Museum” with Robin Williams, Dick VanDyke and Ben Stiller.
Rooney was awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. He received a Juvenile Oscar, a special award he shared with Deana Durbin plus five Oscar nominations, five Emmy nominations and two Golden Globes.
The Doo Dah Parade begins at 6th and Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, travels through the center of town and concludes at the Music Pier on the Boardwalk. Over 500 basset hounds waddle in the Doo Dah Parade.
Entry in the Doo Dah Parade is free. All participants receive a commemorative T Shirt and free hotdog lunch. For information contact the Public Relations Office, City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, N.J. 08226, (609) 525-9300, Mon. through Fri. from 9Am-4:30PM.
Rooney will also appear in the Doo Dah Comedy Show at 8 p.m. following the Parade at the Tabernacle Auditorium, 5th and Wesley Ave. The show will be a “Tribute to Mickey Rooney” and feature comedians, vocalists and a special appearance by the Pitman Hobo Band celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year.
I am glad that the makers of the Muppets movie saw fit to include Mickey in the scene that makes the movie: "Life is a Happy Song," when they re-booted the franchise a few years ago. My children will know they saw one of the true kings of the motion picture industry, and they saw him sing a piece of a song that really reflected the way he seemed to look at life. Life is a happy song, indeed.