New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders Saintsations
The New Orleans Saintsations are a professional cheerleading squad that is attached to the National Football League or NFL franchise the New Orleans Saints. Apart from dancing during the half time show of a Saints match at their home ground, the Saintsations are also involved in various kinds of charity work where they participate in as representatives of the Saints and it has become a tradition over the years for the girls to have a swimsuit calendar where the full squad is featured. The team has had two sets of dance teams that were completely unrelated to one another.
The first ever New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad was named as Louisannes when the squad was first introduced in 1967 but that name was changed to Saints Dancers just after one game in pre-season due to some copyright issues. Next year, the team came to be known as the Mademoiselles and was changed to Mamselles in 1969, a name that continued till 1971. These squads would generally have as many as 48 dancers who were active and there were around a dozen dancers who were kept in reserve as well. Tommy Walker, who was the director of Disneyland, put this team together. The next set in the history of the Saints cheerleading squad was made up in 1975 by the Bonnes Amiees, a French phrase meaning Good Friends.
The name New Orleans Saintsations was chosen by the fans of the Saints in a contest to name the new dance team when 27 girls were included into the team as dancers alongside the acrobats who had become an integral part of the cheerleading squad. Since 1987, the New Orleans Saintsations have been one of the best cheerleading squads in the country and the Saints home games are made all the more interesting thanks to them.