April 12-16, 2023



Paws on Parade, the Official Dog Garden Paw-ty

Saturday, March 18
$10 Advance / $40 VIP Advance / $15 at Gate


The Azalea Festival partners with paws4people® to host Paws on Parade, the Official Dog Garden Paw-ty of the Azalea Festival!

This is a doggy-fun day in the park, complete with live music, a Canine Court Pageant, a puppy kissing booth, professional dog portraits, doggone good vendors and more! Held at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, bring your family (including your four-legged, friendly, leashed family members) for a day filled with fun. Food, concessions (and alcohol) will be available. This is a rain or shine event.

You pay separately to enter your dog as a participant in the Canine Court Pageant. Registration in the Canine Court Pageant includes 2 Paws on Parade Garden Paw-ty human admissions.

Kids 10 and under FREE.


Tentative Schedule:

11:30 am: Gates Open!
12:15 pm: Pageant Check-In
1:00 pm: Canine Court Pageant
Approximately 2:30 pm: LIVE MUSIC from The Hatch Brothers

Ticket Information
$10 in Advance – includes a Garden Paw-ty
Commemorative Sticker
$40 VIP Advance – includes admission for 2, $10 in Food and Beverage credits (for this event only), 2 Garden Paw-ty Commemorative Stickers, and 1 dog bowl

$15 at the Gate
Kids 10 and Under are FREE

The Hatch Brothers

The Hatch Brothers are a rock band based out of Wilmington, NC. The band formed in 2010 with brothers Sam Hatch, the lead vocalist and guitarist, and Paul Hatch, the bassist and back-up vocalist. The addition of Phil Milligan as their drummer solidified their sound and shaped their identity as a band. With a mastery in a wide variety of genres and styles, The Hatch Brothers are sure to take you on an unforgettable musical journey.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Want More Fun?!
Each dog in St. Patrick’s Day
GREEN receives 1 free dog bowl at entry.
*While supplies last

Canine Court Pageant

The North Carolina Azalea Festival and paws4people® would love to see your canine strut across the stage! Winners will be selected in various superlative categories, including the title of Azalea Dog King and Queen.

Registration is $25, and includes two free admissions to the Paws on Parade Day (for the dog’s human friend). Give your pups a chance to be Dog King and Dog Queen of the Azalea Festival! Winners will be featured in the North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade! Friendly, leashed dogs only.

Each registration includes 2 human entries into the Paws on Parade Garden Paw-ty and 1 silicone dog bowl.


Want to see your business’s logo next to some super adorable pups? Click below to see some low-cost but high value sponsorship opportunities…starting at just $75!

About paws4people®
paws4people® is a national non-profit headquartered in Wilmington who raises, trains, and places their certified and insured Assistance Dogs with Veterans & dependents, civilians, and adolescents living with disabilities. paws4people® is a full member of Assistance Dogs International. Fundraising and sponsorships have allowed them to place more than 1,200 active Dog & Client teams across the country- at no cost to the Clients.