Growing Pains: 2013 Red Dress Run Awards
The Red Dress Run is a staple of the Hash House Harriers, a proclaimed drinking group with a running problem. They have chapters all over the country and all over the world. Though there are others, New Orleans probably has the biggest Red Dress Run of them all. The proceeds, for those who actually registered, go to over 50 charities in the New Orleans area. So not only do you get to have a blast, you get to do so while being philanthropic.
By now we’ve all had a week to piece together what was for many probably a fuzzy afternoon, and hopefully you have confirmed what you did or didn’t do, if it was one of those days.
Let’s be real, our parties surpass all others, as demonstrated by the many Snapchat replies I received to the tune of, “What is this madness?”, “looks kinda cool...and weird,” and, “looks crazy,” from my out-of-town friends. So without further ado, let the 2013 Red Dress Run Awards commence.
Best Didn’t Get the Memo
She was rocking it, walking around like she just didn’t care, clearly having missed the memo on both the “red” and the “dress” part of this costume party. However, more power to her, 'cause she looks pretty awesome.
Best Family Outing
Only in Nola would elementary aged kids get the opportunity to tag along and witness some very eye-opening debauchery with their parents. I remember the first time I went the Krewe de Vieux. I was in 3rd grade. I went with my mom. I think I turned out okay, so cheers to some family fun at the red dress run.
I think this is a tie. The shirtless guys in hats probably get the cake for the more ridiculous costumes, but the tutu guys have the best pose. So both these twins will get some recognition for their costuming efforts this year.
Best Rainbow Accessory
I needed to find someplace for this guy. First off, he was really tall, so he stood out just with that. Secondly, he has a pretty awesome hat, and his dress undoubtedly fits better than those worn by many ladies last Saturday. Thirdly, he has on some really awesome rainbow socks to tie this whole outfit together with a pop of other colors.
Best Birthday Boy with a Broken Leg
Kudos to him. I wanted to take a photo of this trooper because he ventured out with a cast on his leg and didn’t let the rain stop him. He just slapped a plastic bag over that sucker and partied on with his friends, perched atop a grocery cart. However, when I went to take the photo I noticed he had dollar bills pinned to his dress, he was the birthday boy last Saturday. So, happy birthday to you, whoever you are. I hope those ladies took care of you.
Being a UVA Wahoo, I have some VA pride in me. This guy had a Virginia Runner (a specialty running store) shirt on, so we made friends, because I work at the other highly regarded specialty running store in Virginia, Ragged Mountain. And technically speaking, this was a run, so some running store love should be included.
Best “or less”
The official dress code is “a red dress or less.” Keeping with the red, this girl did “or less” simply the best. I also saw her again at about 8 later that night, so props for that too.
Best “Michelle Obama”
He is from South Africa, and we made fest-friends sitting at the finish line by Armstrong Park. Adorned with what he described as a tribal princesses necklace, he does the self proclaimed, “Michelle Obama pose,” which is just hilarious, regardless of your opinion on the current first lady or your political leanings.
It’s a bird? It’s a plane? Whatever she was, she was having a blast atop an ice chest flapping her wings.
Best Still Going at 11pm
These guys. I met them after I had gone home, showered, changed, and returned to the Quarter for Dirty Linen Night (a great time in itself). I first met them at around 8pm when I went to tell Nate (the one with the necklace) that I liked his dress. It was actually nice, and I would have probably worn it to a non Red-Dress event if I had randomly seen it in a store. At any rate, we made fest-friends, and I continued to run into them all night long. So they get the award for partying straight through the entire day, and night.
Red Dress Run 2013 was a blast, as always. Last Saturday was a true Nola Saturday. Not one, but two fests in a single day that overlapped: Red Dress Run and Dirty Linen Night. And between the two different crowds they attract, they probably got the entire city out their doors and into the Quarter for a great day, and a great Evening. Cheers.
Elizabeth Kukla writes about her experience as a native New Orleanian -- especially from afar -- for NolaVie.
Native New Orleanian Elizabeth Kukla is a student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She writes about being a NOLA girl from afar in “Growing Pains,” a weekly column at NolaVie.