Azalea Festival parade marches through downtown Wilmington

Posted by Kristy Ondo - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thousands of people lined the streets to watch marching bands, dancers and Azalea queens float by Saturday morning in downtown Wilmington.

This year's Azalea Festival parade included more than 100 participants.

The parade started at 9 a.m. and lasted for more than three hours.  The cars, trucks, animals, and floats began at Third and Red Cross Streets, before turning onto Market and winding up Second Street.

The procession featured everything from the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office to marching bands from as far away as Durham, local dancers, and circus elephants.

The Azalea Festival continues through Sunday.

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