A Blue Azalea Belle

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is held in April every year in Wilmington, NC. The Festival is a celebration of Wilmington’s exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture.  It is a grand party, southern style, that includes entertainment, a parade, a street fair, a circus, several concerts, pageantry, and of course, authentic southern belles in a variety of pretty costumes.

In 1969, the Cape Fear Garden Club introduced the concept of adding Belles to the Festival. That year, seven young ladies, five of whom were daughters of club members, wore hoop-skirted antebellum dresses that year as their costumes for the Confederate Ball.

Since then, the Belles have grown from that original seven, with over a 100 young women serving as ambassadors for the City of Wilmington during the Azalea Festival in 2005. They have come to symbolize the Festival season as much as the flowers they represent.

Since its inception in 1948, the Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people.

This photo of a gracious young belle and her very modern looking beau was chosen for Blue Monday.

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5 comments on “A Blue Azalea Belle”

  1. She lives up to her name. I have a good friend named Belle Jo. Thanks for reminding me of her! Happy Blue Monday.

  2. Gorgeous dress!! Happy Blue Monday!

  3. What a lovely dress. I think you have enough blue to qualify for Blue Monday :-). Thanks for the photo that enabled us to see the dress.

  4. Howdy
    oh how beautiful.
    I love the blue it really makes the dress so striking.
    Of course that is a very pretty southern belle wearing the dress.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Blue Monday to you.
    Happy Trails

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