Who knew that Halloween in DC is such an event?! I certainly didn’t. When my friend John messaged me at work last Tuesday to ask if I was interested in seeing a Drag Race, I had no idea what he meant, but I was sure it was something like NASCAR…and no, I wasn’t interested. But when he quickly added that it was a big deal in DC – some might say the event of the year, I wanted more information. Turns out that it is an annual event – every Tuesday before Halloween – in which people dress in drag and race down the street in high heels. Whoa. It sounded so bizarre and so wonderful that although I had worked all day and it was cold and windy and I was tired and hungry, I knew I had to go. It was one of the weirdest experiences of my life. Thousands of spectators lined 17th St in DC for this event. The “race” is only 2 blocks in length and takes about 2 minutes. But the event starts two to three hours prior to the race; hundreds of people dressed in drag strut their stuff up and down the lined street as people hoot and holler and snap tons and tons of photos. (Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, but I’m including some shots from other photographers.) Some people were just dressed as drag queens, while others took on themes and various costumes; someone even dressed up as the Washington Monument (with boobs)! Of course, as with all things at this time of year, politics were heavily addressed. I saw a few Sarah Palin’s, and all of them were yelling, “Vote for Obama!”. Good ole DC. Princess Di even came out for the event with a whole herd of security guards. Well done. Sometimes it was hard to tell if the people were in drag or if they were actual celebrities. For example, Mayor Fenty – the DC mayor – was ACTUALLY there, looking good as always. <sigh> (Check out video footage of the Drag Race.)
Back to the Bon House… We celebrated Halloween by hosting a party for all the LVC houses plus whoever else was around that we deemed cool enough to attend. We decided to turn our creepy basement into a haunted house. I’d say it was a big success. I can’t say I’ve ever put this much energy and excitement into Halloween before. I was always the farmer or hobo or army woman – you know, the costumes you can scrounge up in your house. This year, we collaborated as a house for a Wizard of Oz theme, and I was the courage-less lion! Quite a night, followed by a pancake breakfast. Can’t get much better than that!
But it’s suddenly November and time is flying, and there are so many more songs to dance to! We must keep moving.