Join the excitement and celebrates spring and all that is Southern during a week of colorful garden tours, big-name entertainment, a waterfront street fair, fun family events and one grand parade. The North Carolina Azalea Festival showcases Wilmington's exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture. The annual parade, viewed by more than 100,000 people, is filled with the floats, marching units, bands, clowns, horses, visiting celebrities and the Azalea Queen. Marvel at fireworks over the Cape Fear River after a day at the Street Fair. Cross the threshold into beautiful and historic homes and churches representing 250 years of architecture during the Historic Home Tour. If you're looking for springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival is world renowned!