The Prancing Elites, a small cheerleading and dance troupe hailing from Mobile, Alabama were invited to perform in the annual Christmas parade by a local civic group. Elites frontman Kentrell Collins said he believed they were offered the job in good faith, and specifically said that the group was over 21 and male. The representative for “Friends of Semmes,” the group responsible for organizing the parade, was excited and stated she didn’t know that Mobile had a group like this.
The Elites did apologize to anyone who may have been offended, but the bottom line for them is that they were invited, and for them it was a matter of honoring their promise to attend the event.
The City of Semmes local officials reports that next year the planning of the parade will be taken over by the city council.
While the etymology of ‘drag queen’ appears to begin somewhere in the 20th century, men dressing as women for the purpose of performing dates back in Greek, Norse and Hindu culture thousands of years. There are no clear-cut rules about sexual orientation regarding cross-dressing.
Watch a local news report on the story below: