BEVERLY — Public works and grounds crews were out in force yesterday, making sure the city looks its finest for Angie Miller Day, today’s homecoming celebration for the 19-year-old “American Idol” finalist.
“See you soon Massachusetts,” Miller tweeted yesterday afternoon, along with a photo of herself boarding a plane.
A parade featuring Miller, her family and the Beverly High School marching band and color guard, is scheduled to step off at 3 p.m. at City Hall. The route follows Cabot Street until it turns right onto Herrick Street toward the high school, where Miller will perform on an outdoor stage. The concert has a 4 p.m. start time.
Officials had considered holding the concert at Hurd Stadium but decided it might not be big enough to hold all of the people who might attend.
The hometown visits have become a tradition for the top three contestants on the Fox television show, and camera crews from the show will be filming during the event. For those who can’t make it in person, BevCam will be airing the concert live on Channels 8 and 22, as well as live-streaming it on its website, www.bevcam.org.
Miller is also scheduled to meet today with students at Centerville Elementary School, although this visit is not open to the public.
Banners and signs of support for Miller have sprouted up all over the city since she was announced as a top 10 finalist in March. One of the most recent is a banner in support of Miller at Hannah Elementary School. Students signed it before it was hung along Brimbal Avenue.
Officials are anticipating large crowds, and have said there will be a police presence. The city has also put up electronic traffic signs warning motorists that Cabot Street will be closed from 2 to 4 p.m. today. Although parking in the city’s eight public lots downtown will be free today, people coming to Beverly from out of town are encouraged to use public transportation.