In some marching bands, the majorettes are the featured performers at halftime. In recent decades, the majorette has been replaced by dance teams such at the Star Spangles Girls at Homewood High School.
The photo here is of the 1949 Shades Cahaba High School majorettes. The last year at Shades Cahaba.
Left to right: Joyce May, Jackie Powell, Head Majorette Mary Louise Panter, Joann Potts, Mary Williams and Gwen Stapp.