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The Halloween High Heel Race of D.C. and its storied history (Videos)

High Heel Race
(Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images)

Sky-high orange bouffants and glittered red heels took took over the city streets last night in honor of the 25th annual Halloween High Heel Race.

The sparkles-and-boas-optional event started back in 1986 with a couple of friends betting a bottle of champagne on whoever could race down 17th Street block fastest -- in a pair of high heels. The tiny event grew from a spur-of-the-moment joke to a event attended by 20,000 people.

As Monica Hesse wrote in honor of the 23rd annual High Heel Race:

If you haven't spent a frigid evening watching a sparkly herd of men stampede as if on a life-or-death escape from a Bedazzler that already attacked them once, then, honey, you simply haven't lived.

A close second to actually attending, though, is catching the Post videos of the event:

By Melissa Bell  | October 27, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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