PHOTOS: 2021 17th Street High Heel Race

The crowds were out for the 34th annual 17th Street High Heel Race in D.C.

The popular event in Dupont Circle was canceled last year because of the pandemic, and attendees and participants said they were happy to be back out and celebrating.

“Since COVID, we haven’t really had much time to spend together. Seeing everyone come together, from everywhere, race, age it’s a great feeling. Brings back America like it used to be,” said Lloyd who was dressed as a “witch with a b.”

D.C. police Chief Robert Contee joined the festivities, as well, and told WTOP it’s a must-attend event.

“It’s a wonderful night on 17th Street. Everybody is out having a good time enjoying our city’s culture,” Contee said.

The night kicked off with a parade of outfits including French aristocrats, bumblebee and nuns, as people lined the streets snapping pictures on their phones.

At 8:30 p.m., with a countdown from Mayor Muriel Bowser, the high-heel race began as onlookers cheered.

Volunteer Alex Catanese said it’s a wonderful example of local pride.

“This is an amazing community here in D.C., and we need to get out and celebrate as much as we can the amount of pride we have here,” Catanese said.

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