It’s been said that Halloween is Christmas for gay people. I’d further suggest that the annual High Heel Race is NASCAR for gay people. This year was the 26th annual drag race, delayed two days due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Only a few blocks long, the race itself is over in minutes, running down 17th Street from R Street to P Street. The show begins two to three hours beforehand as the drag queens parade up and down the street. After the race, the crowds flood the street, vying for photo ops with their favorite drag queens and other costumed characters. Below are photos of my favorite moments.

Extreme Arts & Crafts
f/6.3, 1/40, 6400 ISO, 50 mm

Portable View
f/6.3, 1/80, 6400 ISO, 18 mm

Holding Court
f/6.3, 1/160, 6400 ISO, 50 mm

A Shake with Your Fries
f/6.3, 1/160, 6400 ISO, 50 mm

All-American Girls
f/6.3, 1/250, 6400 ISO, 50 mm

Come to Momma
f/1.4, 1/320, 4000 ISO, 50 mm

2012 Drag Race
f/1.4, 1/250, 4000 ISO, 50 mm

Mouseketeers for a Night
f/6.3, 1/250, 6400 ISO, 50 mm

Drag Attack
f/6.3, 1/160, 6400 ISO, 50 mm

Parade of Colors
f/6.3, 1/250, 6400 ISO, 50 mm

The winner of the race was William Dennis, but the crowd favorite was probably the five guys who teamed up as the women of “The View,” along with a rolling set piece.

Kudos to JR’s for sponsoring the High Heel Race, and bringing joy to the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. More photos via the highheel2012 tag. And from previous years: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007. See also 2012 Wonderland Sundress Party.

Queens Storm Dupont, Days After Sandy

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