Underdog Howdy Doo-Me Triumphant at West Hollywood Drag Race
In a stunning upset, underdog Howdy Doo-Me out ran Swine Flu at the West Hollywood Drag Race yesterday, capturing the title as the fastest drag queen in high heels over two inches high.
Patrick Range McDonald West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land (l-r), champion Howdy Doo-Me, Swine Flu, and third place finisher Sticky Fingers
Favorite Swine Flu, dressed in a flowing, pink evening gown and a pig mask, ran the race with a broken, left heel, which may have helped Howdy Doo-Me, who wore a tight-fitting, red-white-and-blue-sequined dress, pull off the victory.
Urged by drag race emcee Eugelicious to "run like there's a redneck after ya'," 11 contestants -- several drag queens, a drag king, and a few women -- sprinted 30-yard heats, two at a time, until there was a champion.
Patrick Range McDonald Emcee Eugelicious with a 'That Morning Show' correspondent
E! channel covered the hard fought event, which will be televised on That Morning Show. West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land was on hand to crown Howdy Doo-Me with a first place tiara.
Patrick Range McDonald Drag queens race each other as Eugelicious and spectators cheer them on
Nearly 200 spectators watched the Sunday afternoon competition, which took place on the sidewalk alongside Santa Monica Boulevard near San Vicente Boulevard.