The Tricentennial Parade and the Second Annual Lt. Dan Weekend should create a festive and charitable weekend in downtown Beaufort.
More than 4,500 tickets have been sold for tonight's Lt. Dan Band concert, organizers say. They estimate 5,000 people attended last year's free concert. Tonight's show costs $25 for general admission and $15 for military personnel.
After Gary Sinise, actor of "Forrest Gump" fame, performs Friday with his Lt. Dan Band, he'll be back downtown Saturday as grand marshal of the Tricentennial Parade.
The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. -- 30 minutes earlier than typical city parades. More than 40 floats are expected to roll through downtown, organizers say.
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Proceeds from Lt. Dan events go to the nonprofit Independence Fund, which supports wounded veterans and their families.
A bike ride also will be Saturday morning and will include a wounded veteran riding a specially equipped AmTryke cycle donated to him by the Little Red Dog Foundation.
Foundation founder Anne Guthrie said Thursday the cycle has been a big boost to his morale. "They can't get him off it," she said. "He's completely changed."