Thousands take to streets of downtown Wilmington for Azalea Festival parade

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Sunny skies made for the perfect conditions for the 71st annual Azalea Festival parade Saturday morning.

Thousands flocked to the streets of downtown Wilmington this morning to take in the sights and sounds of the parade.

The Azalea Queen and her court rode through the streets of downtown Wilmington.

Police, military, politicians and dozens of other community organizations took part in the festivities.

About 150 floats participated this year.

The festival's vice president, Stephen Meinhold, says the Azalea festival is always a great way to appreciate the Port City.

"I think the whole purpose of the festival is to celebrate our community," Meinhold said. "This beautiful place we call home. I think you can see it today with the thousands of people out here celebrating spring time and celebrating the azalea festival."

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