Monday, October 26, 2009

What a Drag: High Heel Race Tomorrow

If it's almost Halloween, that means more than trick-or-treaters for the residents of Dupont and Logan: it means that it's time once again for that vaunted DC institution, the High Heel Race. the race takes place on the Tuesday before Halloween every year, along 17th Street between R Street and Church.

If you're new to the neighborhood, or simply retreat into your bat cave every October, the race goes a little something like this: starting at 7 PM, the parade begins, featuring floats, dancing, drag queens and excessive amounts of techno and dance music. The festivities lead up to the 9 PM main event, when an assortment of men in drag (and, of course, heels) dash for 0.2 miles down 17th Street. The winner takes home a lovely trophy, as well as bragging rights.

Interested in attending? Well, the crowds get pretty thick (and arrive early). The prime viewing area is around 17th and Church, near JR's and Annie's Steakhouse. Those looking to ensure a prime seat can purchase one of 50 "VIP" seats. In addition to a seat in the prime viewing area near the finish line, ticket holders will also obtain a "Bar Fast Pass" that will get you to the front of the line at several 17th Street establishments the night of the race. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to benefit the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Association.

A collection of photos from past High heel races can be found here and here (which includes a fantastic one of DC Mayor Adrian Fenty). Crowd estimates of past attendance are in the 15,000 range--so get there early, and don't forget your heels.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

wait, 15 THOUSAND? Really???

Anonymous said...

No techno music will be played. More like circuit music and pop and hip-hop. Techno is a specific style of harder dance music and it's not what you hear in the gayborhood.

Mr. 14th & You said...

LOL, I know what techno is...perhaps I wasn't specific enough. Clubby/Dance-pop music will be played. There...better?

Techno Tara said...

Yes, much better! Techno lovers appreciate the clarification.

Charlene Hilton said...

I heard DC gay club music was defined under 'Heavy House' or sometimes 'Diva House' due to our appreciation for Soul/R&B lyrics to the beat. Regardless, we prefer a slightly darker beat than either the UK or LA.

PS: Charlene has some tips for this year's runners:

http://www.jimbo.info/weblog/2009/10/high-heel-racing-tips-from-cha.html

Robin said...

Just wanted to let you know that we are having our

First Annual Halloween Costume Contest for Adults and Kids at the 14&U Farmers Market Plus DC FoodBloggers Spooktacular Bake Sale to benefit Martha's Table.


Rain or Shine. We will have tents for the costume judging and bake sale.


Prizes include certificates/gifts from: Saint Ex, Pulp, Cork Market, Mid City Caffe, Adventures in Shaw, Biaggio and more.

Judging at 12 NOON
Saturday October 31
14&U Farmers' Market
14th and U Streets NW