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A thundering herd of drag queens ran through the streets of DC last night

Oct 29, 2019: The crowd watches with anticipation at DC's annual High Heel Race
Oct 29, 2019: The crowd watches with anticipation at DC's annual High Heel RacePhoto: Ted Eytan

Washington DC’s annual High Heel Race saw over 100 drag queens and costumed revelers parading through the streets last night as a screaming crowd urged them on. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has kicked off the race every year since taking office.

The costumed extravaganza draws over 1000 spectators to watch the queens parade up and down the streets before the race starts. Only a small percentage of participants actually run the course; most promenade to the finish line to wild cheers at the elaborate costumes.

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Since 1999 a gay bar has been the lead organizer, but since the event is free, organizers didn’t make any money to pay for street closures and emergency personnel. The city has provided those services for years and the mayor’s office became the official sponsor last year.

This year’s parade and race featured contestants lit up with LED lights, bewigged beauties, and, of course, a group of National’s supporters. And, of course, social media documented every moment as the crowd ate it up.

(While local resident Ted Eytan uploaded dozens of incredible shots, not all of them made it to social media but they’re definitely worth checking out on Flickr. He took the main image for this article.)

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