Photos From the DC High Heel Drag Race 2012

This is better stuff than what we saw on Halloween!

It’s not the High Heel Race without a Fanta girl appearance. Photo by Dakota Fine.

Try as she might, Sandy didn’t ruin all our Halloween fun. The annual Dupont High Heel Race is one of our favorite excuses to drink in the streets longstanding DC traditions, and rather than cancel it all together in the wake of the storm, the planners simply bumped it to Thursday night, thereby giving us an excuse to continue the costumed revelry for one more evening. If you’re looking at these pics, chances are you already know the drill: Each year, drag queens don their most elaborate costumes and take to the 17th Street block between P and R streets, Northwest. After hours of pre-show strutting, participants line up, and run a hectic race in their highest heels. Who crosses the finish line first is largely irrelevant—who has the best look, however, secures eternal glory—or glory until next year’s race, at least. Click through our slideshow to determine your own winner (props to photog Dakota Fine for thoroughly—and excellently—capturing the madness). Man, we love it when the Washington weird comes out like this.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.