Alabama townspeople were not too pleased to see a group of drag Santas dancing in their annual Christmas parade.
The Prancing Elites, an all-male dance team from Mobile, Ala., (previously best known for its local leprechaun), were invited to perform at the event in Semmes, where group captain Kentrell Collins said he believed their routine would be welcome. "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 recalled of receiving the initial invite.
However, the troupe was received with jeers, as the unprepared parade-goers were "outraged and appalled" by the men's sexy outfits and dance moves. "I never expect anything like this at the Semmes Christmas parade!.. 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 our child to attend and see something like that," parade-goer Claudia Davis told the local news.
As for the woman who accepted applications for the event, Karen McDuffie claims she was as in the dark as the townspeople. "I had no idea that they would be dressed the way they were and that they would think it's appropriate for a community Christmas parade," she toldAL.com. "Their costumes and the style of dancing were inappropriate."
Since the publicized mix-up, the Prancing Elites have received an outpouring of support. They've even received ample funding for theirKickstarter campaign, which they began before they even planned to join the Semmes parade.