Thousands come out to support Poppe with parade, concert

By James Grob,

Thousands of fans lined the streets of Clarksville late Tuesday afternoon as hometown girl Maddie Poppe led a parade in her honor.

The 20-year-old made the final three on “American Idol” last Sunday, and was back in Clarksville for the parade, followed by a free concert in at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Allison. An “American Idol” video crew taped the parade and concert for Sunday’s episode of the show.

Poppe rode the parade route in a convertible, with her parents in a convertible directly behind. Her grandparents followed that car in a limousine.

The “American Idol” face-off performances are on ABC-TV beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday. The winner will be announced in the season finale beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21.