PHOTOS: Drag Queens Take 17th Street for High Heel Race

Approximately 150 drag queens strapped on high heels to run three blocks down 17th Street on Tuesday night. Here are some scenes from the race.

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The High Heel Race is one of D.C.'s most unique events, with a history spanning over 30 years.
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Participants must dress in drag outfits and wear heels 1 inch tall or higher.
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Thousands of spectators flock to the event each year near Dupont Circle.
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The event takes place rain or shine, though the weather was favorable this year.
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Some runners had the added challenge of heavy costume pieces.
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The grand marshals of the 2017 event were Mayor Muriel Bowser, BaNaka and Ruby Corado.
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The race organizers said it was one of the "most diverse, inclusive events of the year."
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Spectators lined up on either side of 17th Street to watch the runners.
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Participants danced their way across the finish line, proud of their three-block sprint.
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Drag costumes included Lady Gaga lookalikes, cats and queens.
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This year’s event benefited Casa Ruby, which provides services to the most vulnerable people in the LGBT community.
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