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2009 Azalea Festival

Rapid rubbish removal after Azalea Festival

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Over the weekend, downtown Wilmington clean-up crews picked up more than 14 tons of trash. To put that into perspective, during an average week, they pick up under one ton of garbage. Full story...
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62nd Annual Azalea Parade delights downtown Wilmington

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videoThe streets of downtown Wilmington were packed Saturday morning for the 62nd Azalea Parade. For those that were out enjoying the perfect weather, the parade didn’t disappoint. With bands, elephants, and clowns, the parade continues to grow. Full story...
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Something for everyone at the street fair

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Once the parade was over Saturday, many spectators headed to the street fair. There was plenty to eat and drink to satisfy those who worked up an appetite during the parade. Full story...
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Latino music on display at Azalea Festival

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The local Latino community had a special part in Saturday's festivities. As part of the Second Annual Latin Azalea Festival, music groups from different Spanish speaking countries shared their sounds. Full story...
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Home tour shows off historic side of Wilmington

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One of the most popular events for Azalea Festival-goers today was the historic home tour. Owners of ten of downtown Wilmington’s most historic and unique homes opened their doors to the public. Full story...
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Bouts, not belles

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There was some big time boxing action during Azalea Festival as 25 bouts were held Saturday afternoon at the Williston Middle School gymnasium. Full story...
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Hilton hosts shag contest

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People of all ages put their dancing shoes on at the Hilton Riverside hotel Saturday for the annual shag contest. Full story...
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Local artists display works

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There's something for everyone at the Azalea Festival. Art lovers can walk around and see work from local artists during the annual Azalea Art Show. Full story...
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Other garden parties

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If you couldn't make the exclusive garden party this year, don't worry, other local businesses are putting on their own garden parties. Full story...
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Ribbon cutting officially begins Garden Tour

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videoFriday's Azalea Garden Tour ribbon cutting may be the grandest single spectacle of the entire Azalea Festival, and today did not disappoint. Even the weather cooperated. Music of the era, as the belles blossomed, the clouds parted, and the sky turned Carolina blue. Full story...
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Azalea Queen makes a visit to NHRMC

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The Azalea Queen was out fulfilling some royal duties Thursday. Amrapali Ambegaokar and her court visited the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Full story...
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Whats Happening: April 2-5

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videoThis weekend the Azalea Festival is not the only thing that will keep you busy. If you have young ones, they will enjoy hunting for Easter eggs. Plus, a Pender County Sheriff's deputy could use your help. Full story...
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Belles gather for tea before Azalea Festival

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The Cape Fear Garden Club hosted the tea and all 124 belles and their mothers were invited. The belles are a part of the Azalea Festival's Garden Tour, and they will appear at all of the homes on display. Full story...
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Hundreds of princesses gathered for fun in Wilmington

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A Wilmington steakhouse was transformed into an enchanted kingdom Sunday, as hundreds of little princesses gathered for the 7th Annual Azalea Festival Children's Tea. Full story...
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More celebrities coming out to the 2009 Azalea Festival

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Another big Azalea Festival announcement came Monday. They include Nicholas Braun and Joe Gallison. Full story...
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