Laine Hardy float

'American Idol' finalist and Livingston native Laine Hardy rides in a float during Tuesday's homecoming parade.

After a long day of festivities, "American Idol" finalist and Livingston native Laine Hardy was loudly welcomed by fans as he made his way along the parade route in his hometown Tuesday.

Hardy spent most of the morning and afternoon speaking with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, making pep assembly appearances and connecting with fans.

Each of the three show finalists returned home were honored with trips home.

Hardy's celebratory parade was scheduled to begin at 5:10 p.m. at the Livingston Post Office, but started late. Heavy traffic in the area also made it difficult for fans to arrive.

The parade route goes down Hwy 63 and Hwy 190 before finishing at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds.

Hardy, standing in a purple boat during the parade, was pulled along by a police vehicle.


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After the parade, Hardy will perform a free concert in Livingston.

Hardy and the other two American Idol finalists will return to Hollywood for Sunday's finale.

He's already advanced farther on the show than any other southeast Louisiana singer.