On March 23rd the North Carolina Azalea Festival will be partnering with paws4people® on a NEW Festival event – Paws on Parade; the Official Dog Party of the Azalea Festival! Guests can expect lots of tricks, treats and sloppy kisses during this event. Paws on Parade is a doggy-fun day in the park, complete with a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Walk, a Canine Court Pageant, a puppy Kissing Booth, professional dog portraits, and more! Held at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, bring your family (including your four-legged, friendly, leashed family members) for a day filled with fun. Food and concessions will be available. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are $10.00; children 10 and under are free. Paws on Parade admission is also free for any registered race, walk, or pageant “human friend.” Portions of the proceeds will benefit paws4people.

Race registration starts at 9 am, with the race officially kicking off at 10 am. Race awards will be held at 11 am, and the Canine Court Pageant starts at 12 noon. Vendors, concessions, and more will be available during the official Paws on Parade event time; 9 am – 2 pm.

Executive Administrator of paws4people®, Megan Laughinghouse, states “As we celebrate our 20th year, we are so excited to have teamed up with the North Carolina Azalea Festival to host the Wilmington’s first ever Paws on Parade!  Join us for a fun-filled day at Greenfield Lake on Saturday, March 23rd. After the race, you and your dog can enjoy our Puppy Pageant, where judges will crown a King and Queen, Best Trick, Best Owner-Dog Look-alike, Best Dressed (southern attire), and even an award for the Ugliest Dog! Other activities include a 50/50 Raffle, Puppy Kissing Booth, goodies from various local vendors and much much more. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome to participate with their owners. This event will raise funds to enable us to transform and save even more lives through the placement of highly-trained Service Dogs. We hope to see you there!”