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Azalea Festival gets started by crowning queen

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The Azalea Festival is now officially underway. Today, the city welcomed the first ever Indian American Azalea Festival Queen. "I’m looking forward to everything, the people, the events, the celebration,” said Amrapali Ambegaokar, the 2009 Azalea Festival Queen. There was song and dance as Wilmingtonians welcomed Queen Amrapali Ambegaokar. Amrapali is an actress and dancer, best known for her various roles on film and television. She has guest starred on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Legal and ER. Walker Taylor has been around for 50 Azalea Festivals. The former Festival president had the honor of crowning the queen. The highlight of the day had to be the traditional dance performance by an Indian cultural group. This particularly touched Queen Ambegaokar, because she is the first ever Indian American Azalea Queen. "We are all first generation, second generation Indians, so believe it or not, we all know everyone by a few degrees of separation, whether it's the language or the culture, or whether they went to school with my mom, father, whatever. It's truly heartwarming, and I’m just overjoyed." The ceremony was initially planned to take place outside on the river, but because the rain forced the event indoors, the performances were even more intimate and full of life.

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QUEEN

HAS IT CROSSED ANYONES MIND THAT OUR "QUEEN" SHOULD BE A LOCAL WOMAN? SOMEONE WHO IS AN ASSET TO OUR COMMUNITY AND A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL.WE HAVE ENOUGH 15 MINUTE STARS, THAT COME HERE AND SUCK UP OUR PERKS! LETS HONOR ONE OF OUR OWN AND LAVISH THEM WITH A WEEK OF BEING "THE AZEALA QUEEN" OF WILM. FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION.

Indian American

She was born in the USA, she is American. Her parents were born in India. I was born in England and proud of my British heritage. I am an American citizen, I am an American, period. African American, Indian American, Mexican American? It is obvious that they are not white (of European decent) but who said white is the only color that can call themselves just plain ole' American? Why do they (or the media) feel the need to identify with another country that the majority of them have never stepped foot in?? "I’m an American, I always have been." Amrapali Ambegaokar

Indian American

Maybe because she is also proud of her roots as well as being an American citizen... That's the problem with people that don't understand their own roots!

Gee.. Another negative nancy

Always has to be a negative one... You cannot see the beauty in diversity with an American Indian Queen? Thatnks for showing the reat of the world that racisim is alive in our town. Perhaps you should move or not attend any of the festivities if you are so upset. Better yet... Perhaps the queen herself will see your comment and judge our city by your negativity..

If we're going to be soooo "PC"

Slight correction.....Indian American not American Indian, big difference. American Indians are native of America "aka" Native Americans.

So sad what the Azalea

So sad what the Azalea Festival has become and the nobodies it attempts to pass off as queens and entertainment. Not withstanding the ability to pronounce the queens name, her so-called "best-known' roles are a clerk in ONE episode of ER, ONE episode of Boston Legal. Discuss...

If I recall correctly, the

If I recall correctly, the Azalea Queen used to be an actress from one of the daily soap operas on network tv. My wife tapes a few during the day, so I can tell you there are several beautiful young women on there that might be familiar to at least one segment of the public. I personally have never heard of our Queen, and that is no offense to her. My daughter has watched her in a small role on Grey's Anatomy and said she did not like her, although I'm sure she was referring to the character. The fact that a Queen was chosen, and again no offense to her, that no one seems to be able to pronounce her name also surprised me.

Seize the Oppurtunity

I think it is commendable that the City of Wilmington is trying to broaden their cultural horizons by having Amprali serve as our Azelea Queen. However, it saddens me, that some of the citizens of Wilmington are too hung up on "name pronunciation" and "celebrity status" to fully benefit from this oppurtunity.

wow. a troll

What a pathetic attempt at trolling for responses. You fail. Why not complain about the length of red lights or the price of gas?

Backbone

I think Wilmington would be better off some backbone. It has been without one for a long time.