St. Helena Island native Candice Glover has made it to the Top 3 contestants on "American Idol," and will be in Beaufort this weekend for a hometown concert. Here's what you need to know for Saturday's big events, which will happen rain or shine.
The parade for Glover will be at 5 p.m. Saturday in Beaufort. It will travel from Bladen to Bay to Newcastle to Craven to Church to North streets, which is not the typical route for Beaufort parades. Click on the map at right to see the route.
Glover and her family will be in the parade, according to Shana Hirsch, Glover's professor at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Other participants include: members of Glover's church, Church of the Harvest; representatives from TCL; and employees of Fripp Island Resort, where Glover worked before "Idol." Gov. Nikki Haley will also be in the parade, according to a release from her office.
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Glover will sing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Charles and Bay streets. The performance will also be streamed live on a large screen in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront park. About 10,000 to 20,000 people are expected to attend, which could make it the biggest event Beaufort has ever seen.
Parking will be extremely limited in downtown Beaufort. Parade and concert attendees are strongly encouraged to take a shuttle from one of two locations: the parking lot at the corner of Boundary and Ribaut roads at the Beaufort County government center, 1499 Ribaut Road; and the front parking lot of Beaufort High School, 84 Sea Island Parkway.
The shuttle service will run from 2 to 10 p.m. It will drop off and pick up passengers at the bus loading zone near the visitor's center at Carteret and Craven streets.
The Charles Street Extension, which leads into the Beaufort Downtown Marina parking lot, will be closed all day for construction of the stage on which Glover will perform at Bay and Charles streets.
Bay Street will close between West and Newcastle streets at 1 p.m. Saturday, and Charles Street up to Craven Street will close no later than 2:30 p.m., after the car show -- part of Taste of Beaufort -- concludes in the Wells Fargo parking lot, city clerk Ivette Burgess said.
The parade route will be closed starting at 4 p.m.
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The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet plan full coverage of Glover's homecoming. Check back on beaufortgazette.com for photos, videos and stories throughout the weekend -- from Glover's arrival at the airport Friday through Saturday's concert.
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