Saturdays are not quite the same for Lauren Gray. No tailgating, no dates to football games and no stress of picking the perfect orange and blue game day dress. No, Saturdays are not the same. They are even better.
Just beginning her junior year, Lauren Gray has always dreamed of becoming a majorette. She began twirling four years ago in high school but says it was really her older sister that inspired her to twirl.
"I've always wanted to be just like my big sister," Gray said. Her older sister won nationals in Ohio for twirling.
Auburn University's Majorettes can be found in the eye pleasing glimmering orange and blue costumes dancing in front of the band. They perform during pre-game and half-time at the football games every weekend.
This year there are 16 girls on the line, which is the largest line that Auburn University has ever had.
Every week before a home football game a group of Majorettes participate in the Tiger Walk and lead the band into the pep rally.
The girls put hard work into their practices. They practice for two hours everyday and only get Sundays off.
"The practices are so vigorous. They don't seem like they will be worth it in this Alabama heat but when I look up and see 87,000 people, it is so beyond worth it," Gray said.
The try out process consists of performing a solo and memorizing and performing a taught routine in front of a row of judges.
"I'm doing what I've always dreamed of and it has been the most amazing experience," Gray said.
Her favorite part of being a Majorette is being surrounded by 87,000 people cheering and feeling like a part of the true Auburn family. "It's an indescribable feeling to look up and see that many people," she said.
Although you may not find Lauren tailgating on Saturday mornings, she can be found leading the Auburn University Band into the Tiger Walk and onto Pat-Dye field at half time.
"It has been an experience of a life time and I have never felt more of the Auburn family as I do now," Gray said.