Monday, December 23, 2013

Alabama Community Upset After Hiring All-Male Drag Troupe to Perform at their Community's Christmas Parade

The community of Semmes, Alabama, is all worked up after one of the performance groups that they hired for their annual Christmas parade showed up to complete the terms of their employment. The Friends of Semmes hired, among other acts, a dancing group consisting of black drag queens to march in the Semmes Christmas Parade. The group is called The Prancing Elite and they're pretty good performers, judging from this video:

According to this news report, parade goers were "outraged" and appalled" by the Prancing Elite. Others were concerned about children being tainted by the performance:
The captain of the troupe, Kentrell Collins, said he believed the offer had been made in good faith, and that the representative for the Friends of Semmes to whom he spoke knew who she was hiring. “I said we’re all over 21 and we’re guys. She was so excited. She was like I didn’t know they had any groups like that in Mobile,” Collins told Fox 10 News...

The members of “The Prancing Elite” sympathized with those who were offended. “We do want to apologize if we offended anybody who did not know who we were before today, but still at the end of the day, we only just came to dance and we did get invited,” troupe leader Collins said.
It's already been announced that the Friends of Semmes will not be allowed to book performance groups at next year's Christmas Parade. Instead, the local city council will assume that responsibility.

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