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USAF Honor Guard performs at Sugar Bowl Parade

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard formation marches past the St. Louis Cathedral during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016.  The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard formation marches past the St. Louis Cathedral during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016. The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

A young parade attendee salutes as members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard march by during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016.  More than 90 members of the USAF HG performed in the event, which was held in celebration of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners will battle for the cup, Jan 2., 2017.

A young parade attendee salutes as members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard march by during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016. More than 90 members of the USAF HG performed in the event, which was held in celebration of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners will battle for the cup, Jan 2., 2017.

Staff Sgt. Thomas Anderson, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, prepares to march during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016.  The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

Staff Sgt. Thomas Anderson, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, prepares to march during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016. The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard march down a crowd-filled street during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016.  The event is part of the Allstate Sugar Bowl celebration that leads to the game between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2., 2017.

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard march down a crowd-filled street during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016. The event is part of the Allstate Sugar Bowl celebration that leads to the game between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2., 2017.

Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade attendees clap and cheer as the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard marches in front of them in New Orleans, LA., Dec. 31, 2016. The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade attendees clap and cheer as the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard marches in front of them in New Orleans, LA., Dec. 31, 2016. The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

Airman 1st Class Davian Harris, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, marches in formation Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016. More than 90 members of the USAF HG performed in the event, which was held in celebration of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners will battle for the cup, Jan 2., 2017.

Airman 1st Class Davian Harris, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, marches in formation Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016. More than 90 members of the USAF HG performed in the event, which was held in celebration of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners will battle for the cup, Jan 2., 2017.

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard perform a rifle maneuver for the crowd during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016.  The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard perform a rifle maneuver for the crowd during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016. The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

More than 90 members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard performed in the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016.  The event is part of the Allstate Sugar Bowl celebration that leads to the game between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2., 2017.

More than 90 members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard performed in the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in New Orleans, LA, Dec. 31, 2016. The event is part of the Allstate Sugar Bowl celebration that leads to the game between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2., 2017.

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“I have been in the Air Force for just over six months and I found this opportunity to be extremely inspiring,” said Airman 1st Class Neriah Guerin, USAF Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman. “I got to represent myself, my service and my country professionally, while getting to do what I love.”

The Sugar Bowl sponsors and promotes amateur sporting events, attracting more than 100,000 visitors and generating over $2 billion, which helps fuel economic growth in New Orleans and Louisiana.

Capt. Angele Montfort, the parade’s USAF HG commander of troops, stated that more than 90 members of the USAF HG came together for the performance, which is one of the largest formations the group has done.

“This was my first time leading a formation this big – this is something the commander would usually do, but he entrusted me with the command position,” Montfort said. “When I turned around and saw the hard work and dedication of my troops standing there sharp, crisp and motionless, I felt overwhelmed.”

The parade consisted of floats, bands, marching units and other performers to entertain fans throughout the French Quarter prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2, 2017.

“I’ve always watched the bowl games on TV, but being a part of the parade and the other performers was a cool experience,” said Airman 1st Class Jordan Cornelius, USAF HG ceremonial guardsman. “My favorite part was seeing the crowd’s shock and awe reaction to our maneuvers.”

Along with the parade, fans were able to enjoy the 11th Annual Allstate Fan Fest, which acted as the backdrop for pre-game events and celebrations leading to the game.

For more information on the Allstate Sugar Bowl, visit their website at www.allstatesugarbowl.org

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