People packed the park Saturday for the American Idol hometown concert at Coolidge Park in North Chattanooga featuring Lauren Alaina Suddeth from Rossville, GA.
Dawnitza Colaluca (L) and Kim Motter were in Chattanooga from Gannon University in Pennsylvania doing a physical therapy rotation at Life Care Centers. The two have been following Lauren Alaina’s progress from the beginning of this season’s “American Idol” and were thrilled that their previously scheduled school trip brought them to Chattanooga for her hometown visit.
Five-year-old Brinlee Dicker of Ringgold, GA came to see her former babysitter and cheerleading coach, Lauren Alaina. She and her aunt, Jaime Gentry, spent the day attending all of the hometown Idol’s appearances on Saturday.
Thousands of fans and spectators gathered on the North Shore Saturday and many took their vantage points from the Walnut and Market Street Bridges.
A homecoming parade across the Walnut Street Bridge began just after 2pm Saturday. Suddeth followed behind the Fort Oglethorpe Warriors Marching Band in a red convertable, surround by a film crew from FOX capturing every moment. The Soddy Daisy High School marching band pulled up the rear.
Hometown idol, Suddeth, recognizes familiar faces along Frazier Avenue as the parade makes its way into Coolidge Park.
Finally on stage in Coolidge Park, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield presents Suddeth with a key to the city. Rossville Mayor, Johnny Baker, presented the Rossville native with a key to her true hometown as well.
A member of the opening band on Saturday holds up an original portrait that a 15-year-old fan from upstate New York brought to the Scenic City to present to Suddeth right before the concert began.
After several technical delays Suddeth was able to sing two songs to the Coolidge Park crowd, including a cover of Martina McBride’s “Anyway”, dedicated to victims of the recent tornados.