University of Southern Mississippi's world-famous Dixie Darlings
will perform in the 18th New Year's Day 2004 parade in London, with
more than one million spectators expected to see the parade as it
weaves along a 2.2 mile route through the city.
1954 by Dr. Raymond Mannoni, and now under the direction of Tracy
Ott Smith, the renowned drill team performs with Southern Miss'
The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, and has been referred to
as "The Rockettes of the Gridiron."
The Dixie Darlings'
appearance in the parade is just one in a long history of high-profile
performances, including at bowl games such as the Sugar Bowl and
Liberty Bowl, along with countless television appearances.
selected to be members of the Dixie Darlings include the following:
Angela Jernell Barnes of Moss Point; Dana Pearson of Mobile, Ala.;
Emily Koppersmith of Mobile; Elizabeth Bridges of Bay Minette, Ala.;
Erin Sheppard of Grand Bay, Ala.; Kathryn Gray of Mobile; Erica
Bennett of Purvis; Sarah Patterson of Hattiesburg; Jessica Lyon
of Collins; Stephanie Severns of Violet, La.; Magon Louise Tubbs
of Pascagoula; Natasha Casey-Hayford of West Point, Miss.; Keeoka
Moore of Clinton; Kristin Harris of Bay St. Louis; Priscilla Austin
of Pass Christian; Melissa Puckett of Saucier; Janie Slaughter of
Bay St. Louis; Brandi Alexis Sharpe of Kiln; Roxanne Fletcher of
Waveland; Jenna Ann Daniel of Biloxi; Tiffany Bird of Biloxi; Jenna
Tapper of Biloxi; Sarah McGrath of Biloxi; Malaika Aisha Anderson
of Daphne, Ala.; and Lindsay Boler of Chatom, Ala.