The City of Beverly has announced plans to welcome home Angie Miller, who made the top three on Fox's "American Idol" Thursday night.
The celebration will begin Saturday with a parade that starts from City Hall at 3 p.m. With Miller in a convertible, the parade will travel down Cabot Street to Herrick Street, where the Beverly High graduate will perform outdoors at the school at about 4 p.m.
The city, along with Miller's friends, will welcome the 'Idol' top three contestant home with open arms.
Lydia Hester, 17, one of Miller's best friends, cheered as the results of Thursday night's episode came in.
"Iím pretty impressed," Hester said. "It was just exciting because I know Iím going to get to squeeze her soon. I was crying a lot."
Hester, along with 13 other Miller fans and supporters gathered to watch Wednesday night's episode, cheering the 'Idol' contestant on, as they have done since the show kicked off its 12th season in January.
Carly Moffie, 18, a member of the Beverly High School vocal ensemble, will be performing the star-spangled banner with the rest of the group, and possibly singing backup for Miller.
The high school senior has also performed in various school plays with Miller and said she's proud and excited for the Beverly native.
"Itís going to be amazing," Moffie said. "Itíll be great for us to support her and itíll be cool to sing again with her for sure."
Moffie added that although there will be an estimated 10,000 people at Saturday's events, she isn't nervous.
"Maybe I will be once we get there and I see the cameras," Moffie said. "But right now itís just excitement."
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