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Union High School 85th JROTC participated in the Azalea Festival Parade

The Azalea Festival Parade

The Azalea Festival Parade
Photo Credit: Cadet Second Lieutenant Paola Del Rello, 85th JROTC Public Affairs Officer

  • Posted on May 25th, 2022
  • Story by: Cadet Second Lieutenant Paola Del Rello, 85th JROTC Public Affairs Officer
  • 4th Brigade
    Parade

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is an annual community festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. The largest festival of its kind in the state. The Azalea Festival began in 1948 as an idea of Dr. W. Houston Moore, M.D. Dr. Moore held a meeting in Wilmington's Chamber of Commerce with civil club representatives to discuss and begin planning for the first Azalea Festival. The Festival would take place in April 1948 and would serve the purpose of showcasing the local gardens such as Airlie Gardens, Orton Gardens, and Greenfield Gardens.

“This year’s parade was a great news story for our battalion” says 85th Battalion Commander, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ariana Romero. “The global pandemic challenged us and really put a halt to most of our events over the past 2 years. This is our largest event of the year, and we were all excited about being able to participate this year. Three of our Cadets (Cadet Major Sofia Del Rello, Cadet Lieutenant Evelyn Sanchez, and Cadet Lieutenant Paola Del Rello) were invited to a live VIP television broadcast immediately following the parade…what an awesome opportunity to be able to experience and participate in this event. The cadence calls were loud and a sense of personal pride and motivation was definitely in the atmosphere.”

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The Azalea Festival Parade
The Azalea Festival Parade
The Azalea Festival Parade