Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The 17th Street High Heel Race

Update: 2007 race info on my homepage.

The 17th Street High Heel Race (also known as the Drag Race) is too easily missed on a rainy October night. Located outside of JR's, a popular gay hangout, this pre-Halloween event invites locals to strut their stuff in elaborate Halloween drag.

17th Street High Heel Race
For about an hour before the event, the eclectic participants sashay up and down 17th Street in a disorganized parade, some complete with entourages and musical accompanyment.

17th Street High Heel Race
And yes, there is a race. Although making a hundred drag queens do anything on time is nearly impossible, the whole event ends suddenly as an explosion of sequins of color sprints across a finish line. The race lasts less then a minute, and then the crowd of spectators spills from the sidewalk into local bars, most of which host a party to celebrate the event.

This annual High Heel Race is not to be missed. (Of course, it happened yesterday, so you'll have to hold out until 2006 if you didn't make it.) Come early for the parade -- and to secure a spot on the sidewalk. "Trampled by drag queens dressed as Dallas Cowboys" is (probably) not a fitting way to end your life.


Anonymous buy viagra said...

It is very good idea to hold an annual High Heel Race! It's fun to see a person trying to run in high heels, anyway I liked the pictures, they express a lot of fun!

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