By: Reese Walsh '25, Communications Intern
Invited by Spirit of America Productions, a North Texas dance company, the Rangerettes and the Lovejoy High School Majestics had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in Rome's New Year's Day Parade.
On New Year's Day, the Rangerettes donned their sparkly red, white, and blue costumes, and set off on the parade route.
"We were nervous for the parade, but also so excited," said Lanie Wootton '24. "We saw so many other teams and bands from other schools in America, we almost felt at home!"
Passing the historic Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, the Rangerettes stopped at five different points to perform their two-minute routine to a medley of classic American songs, including "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen.
Thousands of fans crowded the cobblestone streets as the Rangerettes walked the parade, some asking for photos with the team.
"It was incredible to lead such an amazing group of girls through this parade," said Senior Captain Allie Tepera. "Everyone involved - directors, staff, and team - worked so hard to get us here, and it was incredible to see all of our efforts come together in the form of an amazing parade, one we will never forget!"
In addition to the parade, the team and their families had the opportunity to visit many Roman sites including the Colosseum, Roman Catacombs, and Vatican City.
They also engaged in day trips to Florence and Pompeii, where they enjoyed the beauty of Florentine art, like the historic Duomo di Firenze and works by Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, and the rich history of the Pompeii ruins, a city buried by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD.
“It was so cool to see everything I've learned about in school come to life,” said Junior Lieutenant Sadie Johnson.