The annual Southern Heritage Classic is far more than a football game. Each year, on the Saturday morning of the game at 9 AM, the Southern Heritage Classic Parade begins from the corner of Park Avenue and Haynes Street, and proceeds along Park through Orange Mound to the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center. The parade usually includes the Jackson State University and Tennessee State University bands, along with majorettes, drill teams,drumlines, Cowboys and Steelers fan clubs, car clubs and many others. There used to be more marching bands in the parade as well, but for the last few years, the parade has conflicted with the Southern Heritage Classic Battle of the Bands in Whitehaven, so there have been fewer bands recently, but the hometown favorites, the Melrose High School Sound of the Mound Marching Band always closes out the parade. It’s always a lot of fun, family and food.
Round 2 of the epic battle between the Bellevue Middle drumline and the Star Steppers drumline near the Fed Ex Forum after the Liberty Bowl Parade, 12/30/12. The battle ended when the parents got tired!
Round 1 of the battle between Bellevue Middle School drumline and the Star Steppers drumline in Memphis after the Liberty Bowl parade, 12/30/12
The Star Steppers Drumline performs at the end of the parade route at Fourth Street after the Liberty Bowl Parade in Memphis, 12/30/12
The Star Steppers Drill Team and Drumline perform behind the Fed Ex Forum after the Liberty Bowl Parade in Memphis, 12/30/12
The Star Steppers Drill Team and Drummers march down Lt. George W. Lee Avenue after they participate in the Liberty Bowl Parade in Memphis, 12/30/12
The Star Steppers Drill Team and Drumline perform in the 2012 Liberty Bowl Parade on Beale Street in Memphis
The other musical entry from Memphis in the Liberty Bowl Parade was the Star Steppers Drill Team and Drummers, one of the few Memphis majorette or drill teams to still include a drumline as was once traditional for all Memphis drill teams. At the end of the parade route, the dancers and drummers paraded down Lt. George W. Lee Avenue between the Fed Ex Forum and Beale Street, then posted up at the Fourth Street corner across from Church Park. When Bellevue Middle School’s majorettes and drummers marched up to the same spot, a series of drum battles began between the two Memphis squads, attracting a fairly large crowd of locals and visitors alike.
#040 Star Steppers Drill Team & Drum Line @ Whitehaven Christmas Parade (by John Shaw)
The Star Steppers Drill Team & Drum Squad march in the Whitehaven Christmas Parade in Memphis, 11/17/12. Although Memphis has a lot of drill teams and majorette squads, few have squads of drummers anymore as this one does.