April 6, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The 72nd North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 – we hope to see you there!
Main viewing areas will be all along 3rd Street, from Market Street to Bladen Street. Viewing along the route is always free, though reserved Festival bleacher tickets were available for purchase at the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office for $5-8 in advance, $7-10 day of.
Available in all public parking decks downtown; access to the decks is via Chestnut Street only, and only until 8:15 am. ADA parking is on the corner of Chestnut and 3rd Street, and is accessible via Chestnut Street until 8:15 am.
2019 Parade Participation & Volunteering
If you would like to participate in the 2019 Parade, our online Registration will open in October 2018. In addition, if you are interested in volunteering with the Parade, we’d love to have you! Check back here Fall 2018 for volunteer opportunities.
2019 Parade Concessions
If you are interested in participating as a concessioner for the Parade, we have a few options and limited space is available for the food and beverage options. The various options include:
- Walking Concessions: $150 each. The walking permits are for the Parade route only. Each walking permit covers one person only. Each walker receives one credential badge.
- Regular Coca-Cola Concession Booth: $150. (Includes: Coca-Cola 10×10 tent, product supplied at cost and delivered to site, will pick up remaining product after Parade and collect payment for sold product). Can sell prepacked foods like chips, cookies, and candy.
- Food Concession Booth: $250.00. This is for food trucks and food tents that prepare food on site such as bagels, hotdogs, donuts, etc.
If you are interested in more information and rules, please check back Fall 2018 for Registration or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 Parade was broadcasted live on GTV8 (Channel 8 on Time Warner/Spectrum). Stay tuned for information on re-airings of the 2018 Parade.
2018 Parade Highlights
The 71st annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade was held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, April 14th. The route travelled north from Market and 3rd Streets straight up 3rd Street and ended at Bladen Street. The Parade hosted 3 giant character balloons this year Kermit the Frog returned for a second time sponsored by Glendale Sponsors Wilmington Eye and Ward and Smith, P.A. as well as Benefactor Sponsor NHRMC and new balloon this year Oscar the Grouch sponsored by Glen Dale Sponsor Diageo and LM Restaurants as well as Benefactor Sponsor Neuwirth Motors and finally we had Elmo for the fourth year in a row Sponsored by Collins and Collins Law Offices, PLLC.
The 2018 Parade showcased several local and regional high school marching bands as well as the Marine Corps Band. Parade Units also included North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, several Sudan Shriners Groups, The North Carolina Azalea Festival’s Youth Art and Writing Contest Winners, Scholarship Pageant Princess Miss Grace Tippett, and 2018 Queen Azalea Beth Troutman and her Court. The Festival’s Multicultural March of Nations included many different national groups in costume and new this year was a giant Chinese Dragon. Festival Sponsor floats also graced 3rd street featuring various groups such as the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles®, UNCW, the Big Buddy Program, First Tee of Greater Wilmington, The Bandit Flight Team in their flight suits, characters from Fairy Tales and Dreams by the Sea, and a very special performance from Miss North Carolina Victoria Huggins on the Hotel Ballast Float. To conclude the 71st Azalea Festival Parade a surprise flyover took place by the Air Force right as the Queen’s Float approached the Grand Stand stunning the crowd! The Queen’s float was specially created by Dan Harris of East Coast Auto and Trailers and the floral decoration was done by Fiore Fine Flowers.
The Parade kicked off at 9:30 am with the National Anthem by local American Idol contestant, Joshua Ward at our Grand Stand in front of City Hall; a flyover by the Bandit Flight Team Presented by Wilmington International Airport (ILM); and a ribbon cutting at the corner of Market and 3rd Street prior to Parade step-off.
We are looking forward to next year’s Parade on Saturday, April 6, 2019. We hope you will join us!