Cape Gazette

Weather clears just in time for Doo-Dah Parade

By Ron MacArthur | Jul 08, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Derek Cole of Lewes keeps an eye on his daughter, Willet, 4, as they wheel their way down Savannah Road during the annual Doo-Dah Parade.

Wind and rain from Hurricane Arthur off the East Coast cleared in time for the annual July Fourth Doo-Dah Parade in downtown Lewes. The parade – unique among holiday traditions – is not officially sponsored by anyone or especially organized – even the starting time, between 5 and 5:30 p.m., is never certain.

But every year on July Fourth, people decked out in red, white and blue with decorated cars, trucks and bicycles, line up along Manila Avenue to take part in the parade.

The parade's history dates back several decades, but the actual start date is not known. One thing is for sure – members of the Phyllis Hoenen family take part each year. Phyllis has been grand marshal for about 50 years, give or take a few years.

Holiday parties tend to break out along the parade route.

Parade watchers said this year's parade was among the best in recent memory with a long line of participants.


Kathy Ditlow of Lewes is ready to add some music to the parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Candy has become part of the tradition of the Doo- Dah Parade. Children along the route leave with bags full of treats thrown from parade participants. Lisa Faust of Lewes, left, and her daughter, Julia Edmonds, have a wagon full ready for distribution. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
John Ellsworth of Lewes decorates his pick-up truck before the parade starts. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lori and Kassidy Brown, who live along the parade route, wave a 48-star U.S. flag from the Korean War. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Phyllis Hoenen of Lewes has been Doo-Dah Parade marshal for more than 50 years. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Kathy Moon-Hughes of Lewes has been portraying Lady Liberty in the parade for many years. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Viktoriya Hoenen is dressed in her July Fourth finest. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Abby Thornberg, left, and Davis Taylor of Lewes are ready for the parade to start. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Red, white and blue is the theme of this wagon filled to overflowing. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Richard Gott of Lewes is a master at making large bubbles. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A large float loaded with people rounds the corner onto Kings Highway. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Julia Bradley, visiting from Pennsylvania, gets into the spirit with flags in her hair. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Bob Miller riding his miniature Model-T is a mainstay in local parades. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dave Koster rides his high-wheel bicycle along Savannah Road. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Decked out in the colors of Independence Day, this large group is having fun in the Doo-Dah Parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Avengers are back on the streets of Lewes on July 4th. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
This year's parade was among the best in recent memory. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Viktoriya Hoenen helps to lead the parade with a huge U.S. flag. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
What Doo-Dah be without a little music? Ed Shockley and friends help provide some drum beats along the parade route. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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