About 20 organizations have registered to march in the Beaufort Tricentennial Parade on Sept. 17, and organizers hope to double that number by next week's entry deadline.
Tricentennial Committee chairwoman Erin Dean said numerous calls have come in about applications, leading her to expect a flurry of last-minute entries.
"I was involved in the Water Festival for many years, and this is not an uncommon phenomenon with parades," she said.
Dean said a handful of the entries will be traditional floats most often associated with parades. Other groups will march in costume or build displays on flatbed trailers. The only unifying requirement is that entries must reflect Beaufort's history.
For some, that's relatively straightforward.
Friends of Hunting Island State Park, for instance, plans to drive the parade route with an 8-foot-tall likeness of the park's black-and-white lighthouse, said the group's past president Bonnie Wright.
Other entrants are still working out how to weave history into their displays.
Beaufort Dog hopes to turn the tricentennial theme into a "bow-wow-tennial," said manager Abby Riccobene.
There will be a float. It will have dogs on it. But at this point, that's as far as plans go.
Sea Eagle Market is in a similar position. The Beaufort company plans to pay homage to the area's commercial fishing heritage.
"That's a really good question," events coordinator Melena Reaves said with a laugh. "We've been really busy, and we haven't gotten to that quite yet."
Dean said she hopes to have 40 to 50 entries before the Sept. 9 application deadline, and she emphasized that groups can base their floats on any period in Beaufort history.
After all, the doo-wop 50s and disco 70s came to the Lowcountry, too.
"We've got 300 years," she said. "There's a lot of years to pick from."
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