On Tuesday night, eager crowds gathered in Dupont Circle to watch one of Washington’s most fun—and glittery—Halloween traditions: the annual High Heel Drag Race. DC mayoral hopeful David Catania served as the grand marshal this year, and opponent Muriel Bowser also made an appearance.
Who finishes first isn’t really the point (it was first-timer Scott Teribury, for the record)—at the drag race, everyone’s a winner, especially the spectators, who get to take in the jaw-dropping costumes without any of the exertion. They’re generally a mix of topical ensembles, Halloween classics, and some that mostly seem like an excuse to walk around covered in as many rhinestones as possible. This year we spotted Mean Girls’ Plastics-as-Santas, a turnip-toting Michelle Obama, and Racing President Woodrow Wilson, who somehow managed to balance his giant head on two-inch heels (the minimum required height).