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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Downtown roads to close due to Azalea Festival

South F421 will be reduced to one lane for about a month for the installation of a water main (Port City Daily photo/File)ront Street is closed for an emergency repair (Port City Daily photo/File)
(Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Several roads in downtown Wilmington will close this week into the weekend as the 75th annual North Carolina Azalea Festival kicks off Wednesday. The N.C. Department of Transportation asks motorists to cautiously drive throughout the areas where the festival will take place, Apr. 6-10, and watch closely for pedestrians at all times.

The opening ceremony of the Queen’s Coronation will begin the evening of Apr. 6 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park.

On Apr. 9 at 9:30 a.m., North Third Street up to Market and Bladen streets will close to accommodate the 2022 Dollar General Parade. Additional closures include blocks of streets from Water Street and Fifth Avenue to Castle and Harnett, to ensure safety.

Vendors will be located near the Wilson Center between North Second and North Front streets for the annual street fair, scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday.

More information regarding the Azalea Festival can be found on its website. Real-time travel information can be found at or follow NCDOT on social media.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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