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. The approximately 1.2 mile route is both fun and easy for everyone involved as it passes Wilmington’s original post office, courthouse and library. 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!
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 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 at 2nd and Dock. Please see parking page on Festival website for more information and rates.
VOLUNTEERING FOR THE PARADE:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The standard North Carolina Azalea Festival Volunteer application can also be filled out and mark Parade for your area of interest.
PARTICIPATING IN THE PARADE:
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***
Parade registration opens in October. For more information about being in the Parade, unit fees, and rules to apply please click on the link to Parade Application in October.
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. Applications will be available in October, 2014.
Tickets will be available in 2015.
The main viewing area for the Parade is directly in front of City Hall where there are bleacher seating sections available. Additional bleacher seating is available on Market Street.
Tickets can be purchased through the Azalea Festival Ticket Office by calling: 910-794-4650 option 2 .