The residents of Semmes, Alabama had a Christmas parade on Saturday that they’ll never forget, although some would probably like to scratch the images out of their memory. When the organizers of the Semmes parade booked “The Prancing Elite,” they thought the townies would enjoy the show, unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
The Prancing Elite is an all-male, African-American gay dance team from Mobile, Alabama. The Prancing Elites consists of five members: Kentrell Collins, Adrian Clemons, Jerel Maddox, Kareem Davis, and Timothy Smith. The dancers said the main reason that the team was created was because boys weren’t allowed to audition for the dance teams in the Mobile, Alabama school systems.
Group Captain Kentrell Collins said he had every reason to believe the routine would be welcomed at the Semmes Christmas parade.
“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 said.
Instead of applause, the dancers were heckled.
“Some of them were saying stuff like Oh my God, what’s that?” dancer Adrian Clemons said.
“I would rather you pull us to the side and say, hey that’s probably not a good idea for you guy to march. Okay we can accept that,” dancer Jerel Maddox said.
Some parade attendees expressed outrage at the mere thought of men in make-up dancing.
“I was outraged and appalled. I never expect anything like this at the Semmes Christmas parade,” Claudia Davis told Fox 10 News. “If they were gonna put this kind of activity in the parade, they should have notified the people of Semmes so that we had a choice whether we wanted out children to attend and see something like that.”
Well the dancers hope to put this experience behind them, especially since they’ve already booked Mobile for New Year’s Eve and Mardi Gras.
Here’s a clip of one of their performances from earlier this year: