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New Hope Celebrates’ 19th Annual High Heel Drag Race Returns on October 29th

Watch a gang of glamorous ghouls speed to the finish line in this sinister stiletto showdown.

New Hope Celebrates has just announced the highlight of their OUT in October events, the 19th Annual High Heel Drag Race (HHDR)! This year’s theme is You Go Ghoul! – Bewitched, Bedazzled, and Beyond Fabulous. A long-standing tradition, the event will take place on Sunday, October 29th at 3:00pm on W. Mechanic Street in New Hope, PA. Registration is now open for those who dare to compete.

Hosted by none other than New Hope’s Miss Pumpkin, race participants must dress in Halloween-inspired drag costumes and wear 3” or taller high heels. Runners will carry a pumpkin up the hill on W. Mechanic Street, decorate the pumpkin, and race back down the hill. This is an inclusive event for all, representing the Delaware River Town’s inclusivity, diversity, equity, and acceptance.

“Me and the NHC team are excited to see who comes out to race with us this year. We always look forward to the elaborate costumes and pageantry our runners bring to this special event. This is an annual tradition for our community and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue presenting it and showcase the amazing community we live in”, said Melissa Patterson, President of New Hope Celebrates.

This event is free for attendees. There will be a 50/50 raffle and limited edition HHDR t-shirts available for sale, all proceeds go to New Hope Celebrates. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee required in advance for contestants, limited to the first 15 people. Participants should arrive by 2:30pm for check in, the race begins promptly at 3:00 pm. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information and to register visit

Immediately after, there will be a HHDR After Party at Havana New Hope at 105 S Main Street. Featured performers include Miss New Hope Celebrates, Phoebe Manntrapp, Mr. New Hope Celebrates, Amita Lady, as well as other local drag queens with music provided by DJ Gavin Patrick McIlhinney.

Whether you strut your stuff, or cheer from the sidelines, this event is not to be missed! For more OUT in October events, view the Events Calendar at

About New Hope Celebrates –

New Hope Celebrates (NHC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on highlighting the history and cultural nuances of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ while stimulating the retail, hospitality, and professional community. NHC is comprised of a Board of Directors that drives activities and events that serve the diverse LGBTQ+ populace through the creation and promotion of marketing opportunities, educational activities, and cultural events. One such event is the annual, week-long Pride celebration held in May. Since 2003, NHC has organized events that recognize the strong LGBTQ+ presence in the New Hope area and celebrated the history and culture of our scenic river towns. Funding generated through New Hope Celebrates events is channeled back into our community to support our neighbors in collaborative business and cultural initiatives that make New Hope a great place for residents and visitors alike.


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