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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tradition rolled on this weekend as the 65th Annual Azalea Festival Parade rolled through the streets of downtown Wilmington.

With near picture-perfect weather, thousands of folks came out to watch the more than 150 parade participants. Spectators were treated to marching band music, dance performances, animals of all shapes and sizes and, of course, royalty. The Azalea Festival draws people from all over the country, and many say the parade is one of the festival’s highlights.

“We’re from a little town in Southeast Missouri, so this is a lot of people,” visitor John Mahan said. “This is a lot of excitement for us. The people here all seem to be into it and really like it. They are really good. The units are good. They are all in step, so yeah, it works fine.”

Folks were happy to see that the Third Street construction project took a break and cleaned up a bit so the parade could still shine.

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