Thousands attend 71st annual Azalea Festival parade


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downtown Wilmington shut down Saturday morning as thousands gathered to witness the 71st annual Azalea Festival parade.

Specators lined 3rd Street from Market Street all the way up to Bladen Street to catch a glimpse of one of the most popular Azalea Festival events.

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Floats, high school bands, gigantic balloons, and much more made their way through the parade route.

A couple Port City natives said the beautiful weather was just one of the reasons they decided to come out for the first time in a few years.

“We’re locals, we’re native to Wilmington and we normally watch it on TV, but my grandson is in the parade so we wanted to come see him in person,” said Caroline Autry, who was there with her friend Roxsann Rusher.

Our own Randy Aldridge and Jeff Rivenbark served as Masters of Ceremonies for the parade.