Barbara Eden will be grand marshal for the 2019 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City on April 13 and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant.

Eden is one of America's most endearing and enduring stars. Her iconic "I Dream of Jeannie" television series launched in 1965 and became an instant hit. The network series ran for five seasons (139 episodes) and has been airing on cable and in syndication for more than five decades. Her recently published memoir, "Jeannie Out of the Bottle," became a New York Times bestseller. The autobiography chronicle's Eden's colorful life and remarkable Hollywood career. She remains busy, appearing in a kaleidoscope of professional and personal activities. Her talent and charm will be a perfect fit for Ocean City's pageant, which mixes self-deprecating humor with nostalgia and talent in a tribute to men ages 55 and older. Eden will host the sixth annual event and conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.

The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. The pageant includes competition in talent, judge's interview, poise and appearance, and on-stage question

Registration is now open for any contestant 55 or older who would like to participate. Visit www.ocnj.us/mrmaturefor more information and to sign up as a contestant.

Earlier in the day, Eden will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City's season-opening celebration of all things humorous.

The procession features marching bands, floats and a brigade of more than 500 basset hounds. This year's event starts at noon Saturday, April 13, 2019. The parade route starts at Sixth Street and travels downtown Asbury Avenue to 12th Street, then turns to the Boardwalk at 12th Street and finishes on the boardwalk at Sixth Street. 

The parade is now open to all entries. Register to participate in the parade at www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.