What happened when a troupe of dancing drag queens joined a Christmas parade in Alabama

It’s not every day you see a troupe of black drag queens strutting down the streets of a small Alabama town. 

It might have all been a misunderstanding, but it happened: The “Prancing Elites” dancers were invited to perform in the Semmes, Ala., Christmas parade on Saturday. 

Kentrell Collins, the captain of the troupe, told a Mobile television station that he was under the impression he and his performers were welcome at the event. He spoke on the phone with a parade organizer who said she was excited about the dance number. 

But once the group started marching, the reaction from the crowd was decidedly mixed, as jeers were shouted over cheers from the spectators. Despite the cold reception, the Prancing Elites shimmied bravely on in fur-accented red sweaters and tight white shorts. 

After the parade, some residents poured their outrage onto social media sites, posting damning messages on Facebook and Twitter


The dancers said they were just as surprised by the apparent mix-up as the residents. They said they’d rather have been pulled from the lineup than perform for an audience that wasn’t receptive. 

“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,” Colllins told Fox 10 News.

Though there was considerable backlash against the dancers, many people voiced support on social media as the story gained attention. 

For the record, this is the same troupe that had a small viral video hit earlier this year after a tweet from Shaquille O’Neal brought attention to one of their basketball game routines. 

H/T Fox 10 News | Photo by prancingelites/Instagram

Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber is the former editor of Daily Dot’s Parsec section, where she wrote about geek culture. She previously worked as a reporter and editor at community newspapers in the Midwest and was recognized by the Ohio Associated Press for news reporting.