all words and photos by Dakota Fine
First off, a giant thanks to Fiddleheads Salon on 17th street (above Mr. Yogato) for hosting a drag queen pre-party/meet and greet/make-over lab. I arrived shortly after 730 to find what would turn out to be some of the nights most fabulous queens available to me in the close comfort of the salon. I, leaving no opportunity to dress up in drag untapped, donned a pink and orange paisley pull-over that looks to be from the 60s, and kindly had my eye make up done by one of the lovely make-up artists in the salon last night.
After a couple quick sips of some Schlitz, I opted to take to the streets in search of (what else?) drag queen fashion!! This being my third year in a row covering this event, I think it’s about time I started handing out some impromptu awards, and so with no further ado:
Best implementation of gender role crossing (team)
Best pop culture references (Snooki!)
Best use of cute kids/cute kid themes:
Best Lady Gaga impersonator:
MVPs (best sports team)
Best job of pissing off the Catholic church:
Best in the WTF?!? category
Best “I’m just REALLY gay, so I actually don’t have to cross dress. Maybe I’ll just take my shirt off.”
Best superhero duo(s)
Most convincing lady-boy:
Most innapropriate/distasteful/too soon!!!
Best use of cupcakes:
Queens of the year (best in show):
I mean, these Barbie gals literally raced down the block in a giant box, how do you not award them best in show?
As always, the DC High Heel/Draq Queen race proved to be the highlight of the DC street festivals. This year, unbelievably, it did not rain and was instead a balmy 75 degrees pretty much throughout the night. Lots of amazing costumes and perhaps a not so surprising lack of a mayoral presenceb(Vince Gray, where you at?!?)… although I’m fairly certain I saw a Michelle Rhee impersonator. More photos below of the scene and the spectators and the race itself. Enjoy the photos!
Also! Check out the posts from previous years!