Sundress Fest is this Sunday at Wonderland!!

by Prince Of Petworth May 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm 24 Comments

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation would like to inform the public of scheduled street closures in conjunction with the 2017 Sundress Festival scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017.

The following streets will be closed from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

§ Kenyon Street, NW from 11st Street, NW to 13th Street, NW (only local traffic will be allowed)”

From Wonderland:

Kick off the summer season with the Wonderland Ballroom’s 13th Annual Sundress Festival!

Long understood to be the best damned block party in DC, we’ll be raising money again this year to help our friends at DC Central Kitchen with all the amazing work they do!

In anticipation of this being the very best Sundress ever, we’ve ordered three swimming pools’ worth of beer compared to last year’s two. In addition to the normal madness, this year’s festivities include:

* Live music with:
The Loving Paupers
The Fuss
Party Like It’s

*Gawking at strangers wearing stunningly visually offensive ensembles!

*Alternating moments of panic and transcendence as you contemplate what your eight-year-old self would make of your current state of affairs!

*The Annual King & Queen competition!

*An insane dance party with DJ KeenanOrr!

All this for a $5 donation for DC Central Kitchen,and if you don’t have a dress we’ll be selling them for a $15 donation as well.

Get your Sundress Fest moves ready, and may God have mercy on all our souls!

  • Sully

    How old am I??? Wow.

    • Ross


  • Effie

    As a new(ish) resident, I’m still confused as to what this is..

    • stacksp

      Appears to be a block party where the suggested attire is a sundress.

      • Anon

        Hah, I always remember seeing my big neighbor dude walking to that in a sundress. Awesome.

      • MadMax

        Glad we got to the bottom of this mystery.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like a great reason to go check it out. It if seems cool you could hang out for a while. But they do use the terms “festival” and “block party” to describe the event so that should hopefully give you a pretty good idea of what it is.

    • Ross

      It’s fat, hairy bros getting hammered while wearing sundresses, LOL!

  • LincParkSE

    As a gay person – I look forward to the day when straight guys in dresses is no longer an amusement for other straight people.

    • Ross

      Choose your battles.

    • Anonthony

      Are you assuming that it’s all straight guys? I’ll bet you love it when people make assumptions about you.

    • Come be amused

      I think it’s good for everyone that guys in dresses is only amusing instead of “offensive” or “disgusting” or “threatening to the institution of family”. I believe gay or straight shouldn’t really have anything to do with it, and it’s a huge relief that once in a awhile expectations and conventions for men and women can be tossed out the window in the sake of having a good time.

    • Leeran

      Huh? As a gay person I really look at this as fun afternoon. Not sure what would offend about it.

    • welp

      It’s a celebration of gender nonconformity. It’s pretty liberating for (straight, cis) men to be able to wear dresses in public and not be judged. No one at Wonderland is mocking the LGBTQ community.

      • Ryan

        Can we retire the word “cis” already?

        • welp

          What word would you use to describe someone who is gender conforming?

          • Ryan

            How about “man” and “woman”?

          • Anon

            Cis is an attempt to add much-needed nuance to the conversation. Surely you can handle a bit of nuance with regard to gender identity.

          • MadMax

            Nuance, yes, much-needed, arguable. If 99% of a population is “a” you don’t have to preface a statement with “except for those in b”. It doesn’t really add any value, you could read the previous statement virtually the same without it.

    • Anon

      Why are you assuming that cross-dressing is a marker for sexual preference?

      • LittleBluePenguin


        • LittleBluePenguin

          Edited to add – I in no way want to appear to be mocking another community, be they gay, straight, trans, but I don’t think that’s what this is – I think welp hit the nail on the head in saying this is (or at least, is meant to be) a celebration of gender non-conformity.

    • MadMax

      Does it also offend you when women wear suits?

    • General Grant Circle

      Straight, gay, bi, and trans guys all participate.

      Why so anti-inclusion?


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