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Wave Transit to offer shuttles for Azalea Festival Parade


WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion and ease parking concerns for the 2013 Azalea Festival Parade, Wave Transit will be providing express shuttles from Independence Mall to Downtown Wilmington. On Saturday express shuttles will operate for the parade from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 7 a.m., the first bus will leave Independence Mall and arrive at the intersection of 2nd Street and Dock Street in Downtown Wilmington to drop off passengers who are attending the Azalea Festival Parade.

Persons wanting to take advantage of this service can park at Independence Mall, leave their cars for the duration of the day, and return after the parade. Parking at Independence Mall will be free, and the charge for riding the bus will be $2 per person each way, while children under five years of age can ride for free with a fare paying adult. Passengers who utilize the express shuttle service will avoid the frustration of finding a parking space downtown for the parade and other festival events.

The express shuttles will operate on 10-minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the last shuttle leaving Downtown Wilmington at 1:30 p.m. Individuals wishing to stay downtown after 1:30 p.m. can use their express shuttle ticket to board a Wave Transit bus for a ride back to Independence Mall. Bus Route 202 will take passengers from Wave Transit's downtown transfer center, located at 2nd Street and Princess Street, to Independence Mall. Parking at Independence Mall is located in the lot behind Firehouse Subs and Wells Fargo.

If you need additional Azalea Festival Parade shuttle information, please call Wave Transit at (910) 343-0106, send an email to, or visit

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