April 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The 73rd North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 – we hope to see you there!
The 2020 Parade will be broadcast live on GTV8 (Channel 8 on Time Warner/Spectrum) Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 9:30 am. Direct TV and some other TV service providers do not provide this network channel, however, you can stream the Parade live on your phone, computer, or other internet connected devices through GTV8’s website. Click Below to view the parade live at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 4, 2020.
General Parade Information
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 are available for purchase at the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office for $5-8 in advance, $7-10 on the day of.
Available in all public parking decks downtown; Parking is available in all public parking decks downtown; access to the 2nd Street parking decks is via Princess Street only, and only until 8:45 am. Once in the parking deck, cars will not be permitted to leave until after the Parade is over. ADA parking is on the corner of Chestnut and 3rd Street, and is accessible via Chestnut Street until 8:45 am.
Azalea Shuttle provided by Wave Transit will be running from Independence Mall to the Parade every 15 minutes from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Fares are $2 per way ($4 Round trip). Children under five are free. Tickets must be purchased with cash. The last shuttle from downtown will leave at 1:45 pm.
2020 Parade Participation
In addition, if you are interested in volunteering with the Parade, we’d love to have you! Please click on the link below for the online volunteer registration.
Sponsorship will provide businesses with an array of advertising and marketing benefits as well as tickets to Festival events. We have various levels of sponsorship with the Parade, check them all out here.
2020 Parade Concessions
If you are interested in participating as a concessionaire 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 the sold product). Can sell prepackaged 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 click the link below to the registration
2019 Parade Highlights
The 72nd annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade was held at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 6th. 2019 featured four giant balloons, the Festival’s Multicultural March of Nations complete with a dragon. The Parade also included Festival Sponsor floats adorned with local organizations, the Bandit Flight Team, the Navy Constitution Sailors, and the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles®! The Parade also included a dozen marching bands and the Queen Azalea float which was custom built by Dan Harris from East Coast Autos and Trailers and decorated by Designs by Amber Lanier. All azaleas on the floats were provided by Tinga Nursery and Five Oaks Nursery.
Pre-Parade entertainment consisted of a MCG Parade Mile along the Parade route (starting and ending in front of the Reviewing Stand) at approximately 9:00 am. At 9:15 am two numbers from the musical theatre performance “Damn Yankees” by Thalian Association Community Theatre took place in front of the Reviewing Stand. At 9:25 am there was also a Military Salute done by the USO Show Troupe commencing with a flyover by the Bandit Flight Team Presented by Wilmington International Airport (ILM). The Parade stepped off with a ribbon cutting at the corner of Market and 3rd Street at 9:30 am.