Get ready to see hundreds of red dresses flying through the streets of New Orleans. The Red Dress Run is coming up!
Every year the “Hash House Harriers”, a self-proclaimed "drinking club with a running problem,” hosts The Red Dress Run through the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans. This unique event is open to men and women alike, and it doubles as a fundraiser for many local charities.
Proceeds from the race benefit dozens of different charities and organizations in New Orleans, and each organization can receive a Red Dress Grant of up to $5000. If you can’t make the race for any particular reason, you can still be a part of it by donating through the event’s website.
This year’s run will be held on August 8, 2015 at 12:30 p.m., but participants may begin gathering as early as 9 a.m. in Louis Armstrong Park. Runners can expect food, beer and music to ensure a good time upon arrival. From there, the run will commence as red dresses of all kinds parade through the French Quarter while visitors come from near and far to cheer them on.
A red dress, of course! Participants (both men and women) come clad in red from head to toe, with many finding their red dresses in thrift shops, online and even in their mother’s closets. Some participants make their own dresses as well!
This is an adult only event. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
Everyone must pick up their own race-day packet and provide a valid form of ID, as well as sign their own waiver.
Registration costs $60 per participant online through July 31 or $80 (cash only) day-of at the event site.
For more information on The New Orleans Red Dress Run, visit www.nolareddress.com.