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When is the Azalea Festival Parade?

Judy Royal

As far as parades in the South go, this one’s a biggie. It lasts three hours and has crowds flocking to the streets of downtown Wilmington. This year’s Azalea Festival Parade is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4. Come see the floats, bands, Queens and celebrities. This year’s parade promises to be the biggest and best ever with many new units. Sit free along the curbside or purchase parade bleacher seats in advance: $8 per ticket near the reviewing stand or $5 per ticket for general seating. Plan to arrive early. People begin to appear downtown shortly after dawn to stake out a prime viewing spot, and many streets will be blocked off so parking could be a nightmare. If you’re not up for the vehicular free-for-all, Wave Transit provide express shuttles from Independence Mall to downtown Wilmington from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day. Parking at the mall (in the overflow lot near Wachovia on the Sears side) is free, and the charge for riding the bus is $1.50 per person each way, while children under 5 years of age can ride for free with a fare-paying adult. For more information about the shuttle, call Wave Transit at (910) 343-0106 or send an e-mail to wavetransit@wavetransit.com.

And if you don’t feel like getting out into the crowds and hoopla at all, WECT-TV6 and WWAY-TV3 broadcast the entire parade live.

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2 Responses to “ When is the Azalea Festival Parade?”

  1. On August 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm Anon wrote:

    Do you guys verify your answers? In an answer you published back in the spring about the Azalea Festival, you wrote that WECT broadcasts the parade. WWAY has carried the parade and other Azalea Festival events for several years now.

  2. On August 18, 2009 at 11:42 am Judy Royal wrote:

    They actually both broadcast the parade, and we have added WWAY to the post. Thanks.

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