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Weather clears just in time for Doo-Dah Parade

July 8, 2014
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. BY RON MACARTHUR

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.