April 12-16, 2023
What is the Azaleas on Tour Porch Parade?
The North Carolina Azalea Festival has always been about generations of fun and those azaleas that mean so much to us. Even though we had to postpone some Festival events, we are still looking for ways to celebrate the people, the region, and the azalea. During Festival Week we are asking members of the community to celebrate with us by decorating their porch, yard or window to bring a smile to your friends and neighbors.
The theme of the Porch Parade is Azaleas and Spring!
The Azaleas on Tour Porch Parade will take place
April 10 to April 16, 2023
Step 1: Register your display!
Registration is FREE!
Must Register by March 31st.
You will be added to our Azaleas on Tour Porch Parade Map.
As a special thank you, the first 100 Porches in the Wilmington area that register will receive a FREE Azaleas on Tour Porch Parade lawn sign (if you’d like to sponsor a sign, please click the Sponsor link above) that will magically appear in your lawn, no need to touch it or interact with anyone.
The more registered porches in your neighborhood, the better your chances are for having the Azalea Festival VIP Procession to come by, so get your neighbors involved too!
Step 2: Decorate Your Porch (Window, Yard, Sidewalk) with a fun spring and azalea theme.
Porches must be fully decorated by April 9, 2023 and stay up until midnight Sunday, April 16, 2023.
Porches must be appropriate for a family-friendly audience.
Don’t have a porch? No problem! Feel free to decorate your lawn, the sidewalk, a window, or something else visible from the street or sidewalk.
Step 3: Explore, Celebrate, Share!
Check the Porch Parade Map often to see how the celebration is growing! Link to the map is above.
Go for a walk around your neighborhood, take pictures of the Porches you find, and tag us on social to help share the joy!
Share on social media with photos and tag us @northcarolinaazaleafestival on Facebook or @ncazaleafestival on Instagram. Be sure to use the tags #azaleaporchparade and #azaleasontour
Rules & Regulations:
Displays must be fully decorated by April 9, 2023 and be able to stay up until Sunday, April 16, 2023, and must be appropriate for a family audience.
Displays should not focus on religious, political, ideological, or controversial themes or issues. Use of any political sign, social or political material is not permitted.
Displays are not a place for commercial marketing. Businesses are welcomed and encouraged to participate with a focus on the mission of bringing our community together while social distancing.
The North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington Inc. reserves the right to exclude any displays that do not meet our guidelines or that feature content not aligned with our mission.
Registrations are limited to one per household, per location.
Must register by March 31st!
Registration for the Azalea on Tour Porch Parade and/or tagging @northcarolinaazaleafestival on Facebook or @ncazaleafestival on Instagram or using #azaleaporchparade #azaleasontour with related photos or videos on social media grants the North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington Inc. permission to use your images and footage on any platform.
1. Get Involved
Register to make your porch or display official and get it on the Porch Parade Map.
2. Get Decorating
The sky’s the limit! Think of how you decorate for other holidays, or what brings you joy when you see it walking around your neighborhood. There’s no right or wrong way to decorate for the Porch Parade, as long as you’re being inclusive and joyful.
Businesses Can Get Involved Too!
Check out these window displays from our past Downtown Window Decorating Competition for inspiration!