2014 Halloween Drag High Heel Race in Wash, DC

Last night was the annual Halloween Drag High Heel Race in Washington, DC.

The race, which goes all the back to 1986, takes place every year in DC’s historic gay neighborhood of Dupont Circle, on the main drag (as it were), 17th Street.

Participants are urged to come in drag, and required to wear a minimum of 2 inch heels for the quarter-mile race. According to the Washington Post, last year’s race was won in under 43 seconds (though the last place finisher took a good 15 minutes).

I’ve been going since 1992 or so. It was a fun little gay event back then, but now several thousand people show up, including mostly quite-amused straight people.

I attended last night (but didn’t compete) with my friend Matt, and my faithful dog Sasha. It was a balmy 70 degrees F, which is quite unusual for DC this time of year. Here are a few photos and videos.

First up, a video of the race contestants mingling before the trek:

And here’s the beginning of the race itself. It starts a bit slow unless you’re at the head of the race.


Some angry birds.


Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.

Oh, I found some old video I shot from the drag race in 2001. While it’s early-digital-camera, so the quality stinks, I was near the end of the race, so you can see how fast these guys race in their heels — it’s pretty amazing:

Here are the two girls in the lead in 2001 — you can see they’re really running:


2001 was also the year of my Roman experiment:


And back to 2014. Sasha was quite the hit with the girls, as she always is. Guys are less prone to come up and say hi (other than one really cute blond on the way home, who I think might have been straight). But the woman love her.


Sasha doing the demon-eyes.




A bit of an anachronism, but still enjoyed by all.



Selfie with my friend Matt and Sasha.

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