Standing on the Fairgrounds stage in front of a background decorated in the black and gold colors of the New Orleans Saints, Franklinton resident Kassidi Varnado received a tribute on Monday from local residents as she prepares to head for Las Vegas where she will be a cheerleader in the NFL’s Pro Bowl.
Kassidi is a cheerleader for the Saints, and she was recently selected as the Saint’s representative to cheer on the NFC at the Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl is an annual All-Star game consisting of top players from the NFL’s two conferences, the AFC and the NFC. The Saints are an NFC team, so Kassidi will be cheering for the NFC.
The 2013 Franklinton High School graduate is a local stylist at Studio 16 on Highway 16 on the south side of Franklinton. At FHS, she was a Demonette.
The Pro Bowl will be televised live on February 8. Cassidy will leave for Las Vegas in advance of the event, giving her and the other cheerleaders plenty of time to prepare.
At Monday’s tribute at the Fairgrounds, Kassidi received a commendation from the Louisiana State Senate, sponsored by Sen. Beth Mizell of Franklinton. The commendation wished Kassidi well at the game and commended her for representing the Saints and Louisiana. Sen. Mizell had to leqave early, so the commendation was read by Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown.
Residents interested in watching the Pro Bowl and seeing Kassidi on the sidelines can cath the game on ESPN and ABC on February 8.
The Fairgrounds tribute to Kassidi was organized and hosted by Tracy Galloway, Rayne Tetreau, Cynthia Schilling, Kelly Brooks, Kandy Holliday, Stephen Corkern, Jason Creel, Drew Brown, Cole Ladner, Cade Brumfield, and Chief Brown.
Jambalya for the event was donated by Creel Brothers.