The DC Drag Queen Race is one of the Washington, DC area’s more unique Halloween events. Each year, thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate outfits and race down 17th Street. The informal block party lasts a few hours and attracts a diverse crowd.
Race start location and time: Cobalt Club @ 9 pm 1639 R Street NW near Dupont Circle
We will meet at Cafe Luna
1633 P St NW @ 7 pm
(Between N 16th St & N 17th St - Just down the street from CVS - See Map below)
Reservations under TRAVIS
There is parking across the street from Cafe Luna (see photo below)
Other parking: http://goo.gl/maps/vg2yU
* Official site
* Wikipedia article
* Metro weekly article
Twenty-five contestants entered the first high heel drag race held outside JR’s on Halloween 1986. The midnight dash went one and a half blocks to Annie’s where the racers ran upstairs for a shot of schnapps, then down the stairs and back down the street to JR’s. Clinton Winter won the race and a bottle of champagne.
Weather for Thursday night is good, according to weather.com:
MAPS AND STREET VIEWS
DIRECTIONS FROM DUPONT CIRCLE METRO
Take the Dupont SOUTH Metro exit.
The South exit has the long new escaltor which was recently reopened.
Once at the top of the escalator, turn back BEHIND the escalator to Dupont Circle.
Walk to the round about then turn East (right). Walk along the round about to P Street. Then walk down P Street to Cafe Luna
CURRENT PHOTOGRAPHS OF CAFE LUNA
Cafe Luna on Halloween night 2012 - note the awning shown in google maps has been removed.
Inside cafe on Halloween night, October 31, 2012
Drag Race picture sources: is.gd/dcdrag, is.gd/dragrace