11 Apr 2015


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The Azalea Festival Parade continues to be one of Southeastern North Carolina’s largest annual event, with over 100,000 viewers each year.  Our traditional parade route flows right through the heart of Historic downtown Wilmington.  Floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, all highlighted by visiting celebrities, Queen Azalea and her court, and the Azalea Festival Princess await you!


This year the Parade will run from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on April 11, 2015.


This year the Parade will be returning to the historic route beginning at the south end of downtown and traveling north up 3rd. The viewing area will be along 3rd Street from Market to Bladen Street. Bleacher seating will be located on 3rd between Grace and Chestnut Streets with additional seating located on Market Street. Concession stands and restrooms will also be available in and near these areas.

Please CLICK HERE to view the 2015 Parade Map

Parade TV Schedule

CLICK HERE to view 2015 Road Closures


Street Closures for the Parade will happen at 6 am Saturday morning.  Parking Decks on 2nd Street will be accessed via Chestnut Street until 8:30 am Saturday, please see map for these locations and all street closures.

Handicap Seating and Parking is found on the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Street.  Please see map for location.

Wave Transit will provide bus rides to downtown from 7 am to 2 pm on Parade Day.  Pickup will be at Independence Mall and Drop off is located 4th St between Grace St. and Chestnut St.  Please see parking page on Festival website for more information and rates.

We are always looking for new volunteers to become part of the team.  Parade Marshals escort parade units down the parade route and organize staging behind the scenes.  It is a fun and rewarding experience and volunteer credit can be given. Volunteers are provided breakfast and lunch on Parade Day and are invited to the Festival Volunteer Party!

Contact the Parade Committee at 910-794-3103 or parade@ncazaleafestival.org or complete the volunteer application here.


Please apply with the online application to be in the Parade.  General float rentals are available through our office, please contact the Parade Committee for more information on float rentals.

***New this year we will be offering the ability for businesses and organizations to sponsor giant cold-air inflatable balloons, please call if interested – Limited Space Available***

30' Kermit cold air - Muppets

The Parade can be viewed on April 11, 2015:

9:30 a.m. LIVE on WWAYTV3.com

CLICK HERE to register to be in the 2015 North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade!

Registration Dates are below:

October 1, 2014 November 30, 2014:
*Early registration discount on payments made between these dates.

All groups shall receive an early bird discount of $50.00.

All individuals shall receive a discount of $25.00.

December 1, 2014 February 28, 2015:
Normal pricing will apply on payment made between these dates.

March  1, 2015 March 15, 2015:
*Late Fee of $75.00 will apply to all units that have not paid in full on or before February 28, 2015.

Please apply for the Parade by clicking on the Parade Application link and completing all of the questions and hitting submit.   

Ticket Information

Parade Bleacher seating tickets will be available in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience!

The main viewing area for the Parade is directly in front of City Hall located on 3rd Street. Bleacher seating will be available here on 3rd between Grace and Chestnut streets. Additional bleacher seating is available on Market Street.

Tickets can be purchased through the Azalea Festival Ticket Office by calling: 910-794-4650 option 0 .

Standard venue fees and North Carolina Sales Tax on Admission Charges will apply online and at the Festival Box Office.