Black drag dance troupe uninvited from Mobile, Alabama New Year’s festivities

By Scott Kaufman
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 19:25 EDT
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Mere days after a small Alabama town accidentally invited a troupe of black drag queens to dance in its Christmas parade, the “Prancing Elites” have been asked not to perform in Mobile, Alabama’s “MoonPie Over Mobile” parade on New Year’s Eve.

According to members of the troupe, they had been asked to participate in “MoonPie Over Mobile” on December 11, almost a week before residents of the small town of Semmes objected to their presence in the annual Christmas parade.

On Tuesday, Carol Hunter, the president of Events Mobile, sent a message to the organizers of “MoonPie Over Mobile” that read that “[t]he Prancing Elites expressed an interest in participating in the New Year’s Eve parade, however the Events Mobile committee has decided not to include the group in this year’s event.”

“I felt crushed,” troupe leader Kentrell Collins told The Birmingham News. “We were really looking forward to that particular parade to bring in the New Year. It was almost like we lost a best friend because we had been hanging onto something and it got taken away from us.”

The Prancing Elites’ agent, Suzanne Massingill, said she contacted Carol Hunter to see if a compromise could be reached, but was told that “the decision had already been made.”

Watch video of the Prancing Elites’ “controversial” performance in Semmes below.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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