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Drag queens have gone mainstream. What was once a small event in a gay neighborhood has transformed into an annual mass-media spectacle. The High Heel Race is the signature event of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, and now attracts people from all over the city. Here are a few of the photos from the event:

2013 High Heel Race
Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
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Drag Invasion of Dupont Circle

Graveyards are the perfect setting for Halloween events, and privately-owned Congressional Cemetery is the place to be in October. Last Saturday it was the setting for the annual Dead Man’s Run, a 5K race that starts and ends in the cemetery, extending out to RFK Stadium. Volunteers dressed up and haunted the tombs. Here are photos from the 2013 event:

2013 Dead Man's Run
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One of Washington, DC’s oddest Halloween traditions, the annual Miss Adams Morgan Pageant brings a cavalcade of drag queens to the Washington Hilton ballroom. The show is hilarious and goofy, but the audience competes for the most outrageous costumes, making intermission just as entertaining as the pageant itself.

The lobby is packed with contestants, their supporters, and various attendees dressed to kill. Here are some photos from the event:

Ab Fab: Patsy and Edina
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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
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The annual Miss Adams Morgan Pageant shows a hidden side of Washington that few people get to see. Taking place in the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton, this might be gay Washington’s biggest social event of the year. And while the show itself is a sight to behold, half the fun is in the hotel lobby beforehand, as it fills up with the competing drag queens and their entourages. Held a week or two before Halloween, the audience also gets into the act. Many dress up in drag, or other fun costumes, sometimes as little as underwear and body glitter. And others (like myself) just throw on a tuxedo. The event is not advertised, and the only way to get tickets is from one of the reigning queens or contestants. Here are a few scenes from the chaos in the lobby.

Sierra Braxton, one of the hostesses
Sierra Braxton, one of the hostesses
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The atmosphere in Georgetown was ruined by groups of poorly-behaved hoodlums. I was a block away from a shooting that took place, and saw two arrests. M St’s sidewalks were especially crowded. Regardless of the burst of violence, there were many people dressed up and in the Halloween spirit.

Beauty Contest Screwdriver in the Alley
Take Your Pick Accident Victim
Cookie Monster Demon Terrorists
Receipt, Please Be Very Afraid
Just Beat It Adventure Awaits
Invisible Man Make Way for Gumby
Biker Mice from Mars Led by the Beard

Halloween in Georgetown

Annual Halloween bar crawl in Dupont Circle.

C.I.A. Dude Packing Heat


Zombies' Night Out

Duff Mascot

A Nightmare on M Street

Steady Work

Weekend Racer

The Race Is On

And They're Off

This was my costume for the annual event in Dupont Circle:
All for One, and One for All

An Officer and a Monument

Power Couple

Mr Photographer