The 62nd Azalea Queen receives her crown

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of people gathered at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Wilmington Wednesday, for the coronation of the 62nd Azalea Queen.

Guest celebrities, such as Beth Grant and Elaine Hendrix were, introduced to the crowd, in addition to the queen and princess court.

The event ended with the crowning of Queen Amrapali Ambegakor, an award winning traditional Indian dancer, who was also presented a key to the city.

"Oh my gosh, I'm overjoyed and overwhelmed and just completely honored," said Ambegakor.  "We just had this beautiful presentation by both the community and the Indian community and it just made my heart go - I'm almost speechless."

Normally the coronation is held on the riverwalk, but because of the weather it was moved inside.

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