WILMINGTON — Hundreds of people pressed their way into the ballroom at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside hotel Wednesday afternoon to witness the coronation of the 2017 Azalea Queen, Kira Kazantsev.
The event kicked off with live music and folks dressed in their Sunday best, but all eyes were fixed on the main stage where the queen and her court had gathered to be crowned.
After honoring the court and festival volunteers, veteran volunteer Jean Lawler placed the crown on Kazantsev’s head and her reign as Azalea Queen began.
The 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival runs from April 5-9. For information, visit the official website at http://ncazaleafestival.org/ .