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May 9, 2013

Our view: A grand parade

Beverly can be proud not only of its top-three “American Idol” finalist, Angie Miller, but by the way this city came together to give her an enthusiastic homecoming last weekend.

With almost no time to plan, and no way to know what kind of crowds to expect, the city and a bevy of volunteers produced a flawless event that accommodated crowds estimated at 15,000 or more, showed off the city to its best advantage, and clearly overwhelmed and touched Miller.

There was not a hint of trouble, thanks not only to the friendly crowds, but to good security planning, organization and coordination among all involved. Local businesses stepped up to help the city foot the unexpected bill, and the remaining expense was well worth it considering the great the sense of community it fostered here.

Kudos to all involved.

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