|The Prancing Elites dance team is ready to put on some family-friendly entertainment.|
Semmes, Alabama is a town of just under 3,000 people, with a short history.
It came into existence in 2011. It was created by a group of citizens who wanted to turn an unincorporated area into a town. The town they invented has an odd shape, with zigs and zags and sharp edges. 94% of the population is white.
Bordering Semmes is a much larger city called Mobile. Mobile is slightly more than half black.
They used to call this sort of thing a gerrymander.
This past weekend, the white people paradise of Semmes had a little Christmas parade. Someone at the town did a funny thing and hired a dance team of young black men, who are gay, to perform during the parade. The team calls itself the Prancing Elites.
Perhaps the word "Prancing" reminded someone at the town of reindeer. One of the preferred definitions for "prance" in the the urban dictionary is:
"a certain procedure used to alert other homosexuals that you in fact are homosexual and are available and looking for a partner to engage in sexual relations"
The good little boys and girls of Semmes who turned out for the parade were treated to an eyeful of man candy.
Upright white citizen Claudia Davis was at the parade with her daughter.
"I was outraged and appalled," Davis said. "I never expect anything like this at the Semmes Christmas parade."
Like many others in the crowd, Davis felt the dance group was inappropriate.
"If they were going to 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 children to attend and see something like that," Davis said.
By all accounts, the Prancing Elites are a hard-working, very talented, upbeat group of performers, who deserve every bit of the positive publicity they are reaping from the incident. You can like their Facebook page.
Watch them perform at a local basketball game: