27th Annual High Heel Race is Tuesday, Parade Starts at 7pm, Race Starts at 9pm on 17th Street

Photo by PoPville flickr user Sanjay Suchak

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department would like to inform the public and members of the media about street closures in connection with the 27th Annual High Heel Race scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2013. The race will begin at 7:00 pm and end at 7:30 pm.

The following streets will be closed from 6:00 pm and are expected to reopen by 11:00 pm:

17th Street, NW – from P Street to S Street, NW”

Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

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  • According to the event organizer and facebook invite the Parade starts at 7 PM but the race isn’t until 9 PM. Just wanted to make sure you had all the information: https://www.facebook.com/events/165959613609934/

  • Times are a bit wrong on here. The parade starts at 7, but the actual race doesn’t start until 9.

  • MPD may need to recheck their info. Everything I’ve read has the parade starting at 7pm and the race starting at 9pm sharp.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Thanks all – I’ve updated the title with those times.

  • I miss the good ole days when this was an unauthorized event and the police would arrest drag queens for interrupting traffic. .

  • justinbc

    Bummed this coincides with Bluejacket opening on the other side of the city. It’s always so much fun!

    • I’m not sure why anybody goes to a restaurant on opening night, unless they enjoy getting a bad first impression of a place. Then again, judging from the standards set in DC, people seem around here seem to prefer waiting forever to get a drink.

      • justinbc

        Many restaurants do an excellent job of properly training their staff and soft opening the kitchen in advance. The Pig, Doi Moi, Mockingbird Hill, etc all opened in an extremely professional manner without a hitch apparent to the consumer. Furthermore, having a shitty opening day is really inexcusable, unless you’re going to charge patrons less for their poor experience. I hate when people say “oh they’re new, so they’re just working out the kinks.” Work out your kinks on guests at preview nights or something, before paying customers come in and expect their money is being fully utilized. Many restaurants do this well, others fail miserably.

      • LOL. Great points. The High Heel Race is only once a year and it’s one of the best events in the city.
        You don’t get to enjoy drinks on the street and be serenaded by wonderfully creative drag queens very often here in DC. Take advantage of it!

        • justinbc

          I’ve been to the HHDR 5 times. I’m friends with the people managing, cooking, and brewing at Bluejacket. They are both great, you have your preferences, and I have mine.

          • Honestly, I think the HHR is something you only need to do once. It’s not like the experience changes substantially from year to year.

          • My girlfriend’s birthday is tomorrow, and she dislikes crowds, so I don’t think we’ll be doing either.

          • justinbc

            Yeah, the 60+ degree forecast for tomorrow will likely mean a pretty substantial crowd. Although it’s usually to the point where people are on the backs of other people just to see, it’s gotten so huge.

  • Anon (lazy) 12:02

    Is that how you do everything? One n done?
    And if you’ve only been once – you have you determined it never changes? Im am LOLing at your dull perspective on life.

    • I’m not really into crowds and heavy drinking, especially on a weeknight. At least I’ve experienced it a handful of times, unlike most people in the DC metro area.

      • On the other hand I’ll return to the same museum or book over and over again. You can’t do everything multiple times in life!

    • Yeah, because people that go to the same bar or watch the same TV show every night are soooo interesting and not lazy.

    • The HHR race is kind of a cluster. I agree that once you’ve been – you don’t really need to go back. I’ve gone a few times and it seems more crowded and less fun every year. You have to get there super early to get a spot and all the bars are so packed you can barely move. I don’t get it.

      • It’s fun if you get there at happy hour and are buzzed by the time the event actually starts. Or if you pregame somewhere else and show up with a flask of liquor ready to embrace the cluster. Of course once you get past age 25 and can’t show up hungover for work anymore it ceases to be fun…

  • mtpgal

    I don’t know how anyone runs this fast in heels. I, for one, would clearly break and ankle.

    • Have you been? There’s really not much running going on.

      • mtpgal

        I have been, and the first couple of finishers were very athletic and fast. I was impressed! Everyone after that, not so much. But the later finishers were much more fun. 🙂

    • I am LOLing at your inability to run in heels.

      • SE DC, why so critical of other people? You call Anon 12:02 “lazy” for saying that the High Heel Race is something one needs to see only once, and then LOL at someone for not being able to run in heels. I know it’s Monday, but still — chill with the unprovoked meanness!

  • I am a fan of the drag race and plan on going tomorrow, but to tie this together with some other recent conversations, as I was walking home from work today (520ish), I saw someone posting the “no parking” signs on 17th. I suppose the harm should not be too terrible on 17th since it is mostly meters and loading zones, but I really think there is no excuse for the organizers of this event to not have posted proper notice. The event date is always the Tuesday before Halloween, so they have known the date forever.

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