Dupont’s 26th Annual High Heel Race is Tonight

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The High Heel Race website says:

The High Heel Race is one of Washington, DC most unique events with a rich history of “Crossing The Line Since 1986”. On the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of spectators pack the Dupont Circle Neighborhood to watch hundreds of costumed drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down Historic 17th Street, NW.

Location: 17th Street, between P and S Streets NW near Dupont Circle

Race Time: Begins at 9 p.m. Participants and spectators gather as early as 6 p.m.

MPD shares road closures for the event:

The Metropolitan Police Department wishes to inform the public and members of the media about street closures that will be in affect in conjunction with the 26th Annual High Heel Race scheduled for Thursday November 1, 2012. The following streets will be closed beginning at 6:30 pm and are expected to reopen by 11:00 pm:

17th Street, NW – from P Street to S Street, NW
Q Street, NW – from 16th Street to 18th Street, NW
R Street, NW – from 16th Street to 18th Street, NW
Corcoran Street, NW – from 16th to 18th Street, NW
Church Street, NW – from 16th Street to 18th Street, NW
Riggs Street, NW – from 16th Street to 17th Street, NW

16 Comment

  • I first ran into this event by accident a few (7!) years ago and it didn’t seem to be that big of a deal….and now it was become one of the few traditions that this city has.

    • I love these jabs at DC. So if we don’t have traditions, then what do you think Fiesta DC, Crafty Bastards, Mt Pleasant block parties, Halloween in Georgetown, NYE at the Cat, Art-o-matic, Adams Morgan Day, Columbia Heights Day, DC Carnival, Taste of DC, Chinese NY Parade, and countless others qualify as? This doesn’t even take into account the tons of federally funded cultural events we have here (think Hirshhorn After Hours, Smithsonian Folklife Festival…)

    • Yeah Los, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Move along, hater

  • Um this event was on Tuesday! It’s over.

  • Please delete the posts from people that can’t read… the event was moved from Tuesday to today due to Hurricane Sandy

  • You are incorrect. The event was SCHEDULED for Tuesday. However, due to Sandy it was moved to today.

  • I wonder how this one slipped through the crack and by the Gang of Five. I’m sure if they had it their way this would not have been allowed.

  • While I agree that every Washingtonian should experience this event once, I haven’t been in years. It’s a giant C.F. and you won’t even be able to see anything unless you happen to have a friend with an apartment overlooking 17th Street, or you get there super early and camp out on the curb. It’s just not that fun for spectators. Sorry.

    • Obviously, you need to drink more when you go.

    • Yep. You go for the party scene afterward, not the race itself.

      • I’ve lived in DC 9 years. IMHO, the bars on 17th Street are pretty tired as is. What is so fun about going to the same tired bars, then having the bonus of standing in the bar and restroom lines forever? Meh. I could just be getting old too.

        • Yeah….sounds like you are a dry old prune.

        • Why wait in line for a restroom? The high heel race is the perfect excuse to get drunk and pee in public. 🙂 All that time you are waiting in line for the bathroom you could be drinking.

        • Christopher Street, GV is the just about the same, when both got too expensive for the Bohemian residents they seemingly lost their soul. “B & T” crowd more about the scene not the hood.

          I can remember people going on about the old days when I was younger, seemed crazy..LOL Life Changes I Guess

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