Thanksgiving week, known as flotilla week in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, launched the holiday season with two long-running traditions, the 34th-annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, including a massive 20-minute Zambelli Fireworks display, and the 13th-annual Airlie Gardens’ Enchanted Airlie. This year’s winning design focused on pet adoptions, with an entry depicting a dog driving a sleigh.
Mark and Leslie Armstrong of Hampstead NC won the People’s Choice Award, using the holiday flotilla to promote animal adoption to the more than 50,000 people on the parade route. The Armstrong’s also won the text voting People’s Choice Award in 2016, donating the $1,500 prize money to Wilmington-based nonprofit Rescue Connect.
To see all the flotilla winners, and the Airlie/Holiday Flotilla photos, visit this online gallery.
The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla and Enchanted Airlie attract over 100,000 spectators during the holidays and have been distinguished as *Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society. The flotilla is based at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
Source: Robert B Butler, www.RBButler.com