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October 29, 2013

Halloween High Heel Race, Washington, D.C.

Filed under: performace art — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 1:06 am

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If you think Washington, D.C. is just a city full of stuffy lawyers and intractable politicians, think again. There are plenty of people who actually call the city home (even though they don’t have a voting congressperson), and it’s an interesting and very diverse crowd. Witness the annual Halloween High Heel Race in Dupont Circle, which we think is the best event all year.
Our guys dressed in drag flaunt their stuff down 17th Street, vamping and posing for the crowd. Always held on the Tuesday night before Halloween, this year’s race was the 27th in the event’s history, and the show was bigger and better than ever. Even Mayor Vincent Gray showed up, as did several of the candidates running against him in the next election. The evening ends with a two-block race to the finish as many participants show off their running prowess in 5-inch stilettos.


November 3, 2012

High Heel Race in Washington, DC

Filed under: art classes, performace art — Tags: , — popularkinetics @ 4:23 am

2012 High Heel Race, Washington, DC

It may surprise some, but Washington, DC, has a funky, alternative side, and yesterday it was on grand display at the 26th annual Halloween High Heel Race. Guys in drag (and some women in costume, too) vamped their way down 17th Street in the Dupont Circle neighborhood for two hours before the race was run, posing for photos with spectators and giving news interviews to the press. Most wore heels of varying heights, many spiked and VERY high. The race itself included runners, walkers, and those who casually sashayed  to the finish line. Usually held on the Tuesday before Halloween, the race was postponed this year due to Hurricane Sandy, but thankfully not cancelled.

2012 High Heel Race, Washington, DC2012 High Heel Race, Washington, DC

2012 High Heel Race, Washington, DC2012 High Heel Race, Washington, DC

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