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Joshua Ledet's homecoming celebration

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Westlake, La. -

An enthusiastic crowd lined the parade route in Westlake Saturday to welcome home their favorite hometown son, American Idol's Joshua Ledet.

His trip home came just days after he became one of the top three finalists in the talent competition. Many proudly held up their signs displaying their love for Ledet.

"There's nothing else we talk about, except Josh Ledet, that's all we talk about," said Tarsha Brown, a huge fan of Ledet.

"I really do think he is the best. Not because he is from here but he is number one," added fan Ramona Bianchi on the parade route.

The hometown hero received the royal treatment with a ride in a convertible, which he shared with his little niece.  An American Idol camera crew also accompanied him to capture the 20-year-old man's homecoming parade and his reunion with family and friends. The parade also featured Mardi Gras floats and even his parents rolled by in their own American Idol limo.

Stacy Savoy is one of Ledet's biggest fans. She dedicated a Facebook page to him, sharing news on him with her many friends.

"I have maybe 1,200," Savoy told us.  "And I added his sister, his mom, everybody. South Africa people even inbox me -- they say he is a legend there in South Africa," said Savoy.

The love for Josh was evident as he and his family and arrived at the West Lake Parish Complex where Joshua used to work the cash register just a few months ago.

As he exited the American Idol limo he received a rock star welcome. Inside big hugs from familiar faces who have not seen him since his super star success..

"I think it hasn't sunk in yet.  I'm still like dang this is crazy," said Joshua Ledet on the huge crowds to greet him at his former workplace. "Just a couple of months ago I was over there making smoothies and now getting all this stuff from all these people. Yeah it is crazy," said Ledet, as he stood with his arms around his co-workers.

"He always said he was going to go to American Idol and that's where he is. He's doing it for us. He's changing Westlake," said Willa Mae Weldon, a former co-worker.

This time, though, Josh returned as a celebrity to his former workplace, where the mayor bestowed him with a huge honor.

"Congrats Josh, this is the key to the city," said Dan Cupit, mayor of Westlake. 

"You know we're stuck here between Lake Charles and Sulphur.  It's been on national TV and really what can we say except, its been a great experience.... It couldn't have happened without josh," said Mayor Cupit.

The celebration of the hometown hero continued late into Saturday night where thousands packed the Burton Coliseum in nearby Lake Charles -- not only to cheer on Joshua at a pep rally, but also to hear him perform.

Tickets for his show were free.  Not surprisingly they were grabbed quickly from across the state. It's a clear sign of the impact Ledet is having on Louisianans.

"It's a great opportunity for our state to show someone so talented and it really puts the spotlight on Louisiana, " said fan Yvette Ware.

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