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The 17th Street High Heel Race is tomorrow night:
“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 gather as early as 6 p.m.
The start of the Race will be in between Riggs and R street on 17th street NW and the ending will be on 17th Street between P and Church street.”
For those not familiar, some history from their facebook page:
“For anyone who has ever wondered about the History of the High Heel Race here it is. In 1986 JR.’s Bar & Grill opened. it was formerly Annies Paramount Steak House. A few guys were dressed in drag and said “let’s run to Annies (now located a block away) do a shot and run back to JR.’s. Well they did this and the next year they had a few more people and it was a continued tradition. It eventually got to be so big that the police had to shut down the street and worked with JR.’s to help make sure the event was organized and safe for everyone. We are happy to say that with the Help of JR.’s that this event has been problem free for 28 years now. The poice department and the Mayors office have been amazing throughout the History of the Race. This is a neighborhood event and it always brings out the best in people whether it be their creativeness or just putting people in a positive mood. The Race used to be on halloween night but to help the police department out it is always held the Tuesday before halloween now.”