Photo Essay: 17th Street High Heel Race

Media Credit: Sophia Moten | Staff Photographer

Two participants pose for the camera at the High Heel Drag Queen Race in Dupont Circle Tuesday night.

Crowds of locals strapped on their high-heeled shoes before taking off down 17th Street as part of the annual High Heel race in Dupont Circle Tuesday night.

The event – which is said to have originated from two men who decided to race each other from one bar to another while in drag 30 years ago – drew thousands of attendees in its 35th year and kicked off at 7 p.m. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined in on the festivities and walked the race, which hosted wide representation of members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies alike.

Sophia Moten | Staff Photographer

A racer tightens some high-heeled straps in preparation for the High Heel Drag Queen Race.

Sophia Moten | Staff Photographer

Participants hold umbrellas above their heads as they strut through the street.

Sophia Moten | Staff Photographer

A drag queen struts with a flashy multi-colored top, unfazed by the rainy conditions.

Sophia Moten | Staff Photographer

Attendees at the race dressed up in glamorous and elaborately decorated costumes to show off their looks.

Sophia Moten | Staff Photographer

John Kim, the winner of the 35th annual High Heel Drag Queen Race, speeds toward the rainbow finish line.

 

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