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10/26/2011 06:59 am ET Updated Dec 25, 2011

(PHOTOS) Dupont High Heel Race: Drag Queens, Thousands Others Turn Out For 25th Year

WASHINGTON -- Late Tuesday night, scores of glitter-loving men took a mad dash down 17th Street NW as part of the annual Dupont High-Heel Race, a colorful display of drag queens on parade, now in its 25th year.

The wacky tradition got its start in 1986, when a few drag queens ran two blocks from JR.'s Bar & Grill at 17th and Church streets to Annie's Paramount Steakhouse, took a shot, and then raced back. A quarter century later, the event attracts thousands of people.

This year, the event also attracted D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Michael Brown (I-At-Large), who mingled with costumed racers. Evans and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) served as grand marshals. The winner of the race took home a glass slipper filled with brandy.

If you missed the excitement, worry not: We've got all the gaudy goodness for you below in slideshow form.

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