Drag queens participate in Washington DC's annual High Heel Drag Queen race. Julie Noce reports.
On your marks, get set... go! Drag queens donned their heels in Washington DC for the annual High Heel Drag Queen race in Dupont Circle. For the past 29 years, on the Tuesday before Halloween, drag queens have paraded along 17th Street, before sprinting one block as supporters cheer them on. In a city where button down shirts are the norm, one participant said the race lets DC unwind a bit. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DRAG QUEEN FROM "THE DC SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE, SISTER ALLIE LEWYA, SAYING: "This is a very political town. This sort of thing does not make sense in D.C. How it's been around this long just baffles me. So we're out here to support anything that helps D.C. live more joyfully, less uptight, a little less concerned about image and just to have fun." The race, once only a niche event for the city's gay community, now draws gay and straight participants- and hundreds of on-lookers. Queen Elizabeth Regina explains. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DRAG QUEEN, ELIZABETH REGINA, SAYING: "A friend of mine won the first one years ago. He lives in Lauderdale now, And it was strictly a bar activity then. And then early on it was just gay people, and it really has broadened to the whole community." Local media say this year's winner, a queen named Tosha Salad, ran a record breaking race of just 41 seconds.