The Shallotte Christmas parade thong
Christmas parade goers expecting to see Santa also saw more than they bargained for
Christmas parade goers in Shallotte, North Carolina expecting to see a line of floats and Santa Claus got more than they bargained for.
Families and small children attending the parade got a good look at the thong worn by a transgender dance coach named Na’Kita Monroe.
Monroe leads the “Keep it Cute Dance Company.”
Media outlets covering the story have all used the forward-facing photo of Monroe and her dancers as seen below.
However, it was the backside of the dance troop’s costumes that had citizens of the small town upset.
More images were captured by the Twitter handle @ProblemGirl_13:
“There’s a lot of things out here that are going on that are a lot worse than just someone out here dancing in a leotard,” Monroe told WECT.
WECT reported Monroe said “it was her first time dancing in the parade with a group of children in her dance company, wearing costumes” and that the costumes were “made hours before the parade.”
Monroe told WWAY that she found some of the comments about her participation in the parade, “inappropriate and offensive” and that commenters went too far.
“If people just would have kept it at the costumes and just said ‘hey, it was just a little risqué, maybe –you know, next time just learn to put a little bit more fabric to it’ and then, go from there, but the comments just went like all the way left, and I just wasn’t expecting that,” Monroe told WWAY. “So, it did make me feel a little some type of way, but because I was getting so much positive feedback from people even people that resided in Shallotte, North Carolina. It kind of made me feel a little better that people were standing behind me and supporting me.”
The entire 2022 Shallotte Christmas parade was filmed by Focus Broadband. The hosts for Focus Broadband incorrectly identify Monroe and her group as the Brunswick School of Dance.
Monroe and the dancers with her appear just after the 16-minute mark and there is a brief shot where Monroe spins around revealing a thong and much more.
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Shallotte’s Mayor Walter Eccard told WWAY the town had received at least 30 complaints about Monroe’s attire.
Shallotte’s parade rules don’t include any language about sexually explicit or lewd activities or indecent clothing. But next year they likely will.
The mayor told WECT the town would meet to discuss parameters for next year’s parade and he anticipates that “next year we’ll both have a dress code and a behavior code.”
Complaints were also made about Monroe’s “twerking” during her performance. Monroe defended the style of dancing and claimed it wasn’t twerking, but instead “bucking” and it was included as a “cultural experience.”
“When I have talked to some other majorette dance coaches, they said that in holiday parades, they don’t normally do a lot of bucking,” Monroe told WECT. “I decided to add it in and incorporate it into some of my routines only because it was a cultural experience.”
There were also concerns expressed about Monroe being transgender, but Monroe was defended by Eccard.
“The parade is a public event and we open it to the people,” Eccard said. “Now, it is a family event and we try to be very conscious of that. We will look at this year’s parade and make some adjustments for next year but we will not make adjustments as to who is allowed to participate and not participate.”
Monroe responded to those complaints by saying, “Find different, you know, other ways to share your opinion versus being hateful.”
The Dec. 10 Bolivia Christmas parade, which Monroe also participated in, had posted specific rules - including one about indecency.
"No acts of public indecency, revealing clothing, or any other inappropriate acts that would be seen as fitting for a family-friendly event,” the Bolivia parade rules state.
The Bolivia rules also include an agreement signed by participants who acknowledge if they violate the agreement their float or act will be pulled.
Bolivia’s rules were posted well in advance of the Dec. 10 parade and Monroe was also well-aware of them.
In a Dec. 7 Facebook post, Monroe included a copy of the rules posted for the Bolivia parade along with a status message that read, “Just In case yal were wondering what the rules and regulations are for this weekend. Sounds to me, all eyes are going to be on Keep It Cute Dance Company, once again. I cant even be mad about It. Thank yal for the heads up tho. I’ll make sure we are to the T, KEEPING IT CUTE!”
Monroe has also apparently participated in at least one drag queen event per a video posted to Facebook in 2018.
A TikTok account for Monroe also offers three videos of Monroe dancing; one filmed in an unknown parking lot to “let me bang” and two filmed in a dance studio setting.
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Monroe has apparently set up a Go Fund Me page.
The GoFundMe is apparently tied to paying for a dance studio location. In the days following the parade incident, Monroe set up a Facebook page for the dance team and is using the forward-facing photo from the Shallotte parade as the profile picture.
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