Nothing says, “We're here. We're queer. Get used to it.” like a gaggle of gay guys running through Midtown half drunk wearing purple drag. But fear not: Atlanta's gay rugby team is carrying that torch for you. Thank them later.
The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress Run has quickly become a welcome stop on gay Atlanta’s annual calendar. This year’s event goes down on Saturday. The revelers rev up at Mixx, run down Piedmont with more drinking stops along the way, and wind up with a big gay cookout at Atlanta Eagle. The entry fee covers mayhem in the streets, two beers at each stop, and food. Wigs, skirts, dresses, kilts, tutus, Muumuus , cheerleading uniforms, sequin disco hats, leotards and/or togas not included.
Things get a little rowdy with a minimum eight beers per entrant. Throw in the fact that the gay rugby team and its supporters should just never do drag, and it’s downright epic. Like, slo-mo Chariots of Fire in Burkhart's parking lot epic.
This year, the event adds Purple Dress Poker, and contests for Best Individual, Best Team and Best from items purchased at Lost N Found Thrift Store. Speaking of LNF, the bar crawl benefits them again this year.
But don’t take our word – or the epic pics in the guidelines below – for it. We’ve dutifully documented the event’s purple progress and pennybags prowess since 2009 as the event celebrated its third year. Check out six years of ridiculously funny galleries from last year, 2013, 2012, 2011and 2010. From those deep archives, comes this updated list to inspire Saturday’s participants and gawkers alike with our favorite Purple Dress Run dos and don’ts.
Do it with creativity.
Do it with spirit.
Do it double-fisted.
Do it with shorts underneath.
Do match your beard.
And do check yourself.
But don't do it with duckface.
Oh, OK. Do.
Do the PDR in twos.
Do raid the Sunglass Hut.
Do it like Bjork.
Or Charlie’s Angels.
Or Charlie’s Angels undercover at a roller derby.
Do it as a girl gang.
Even better, a girl gang with style.
Do it like your mom’s bridge club.
Or Mom’s bridge club when they drink.
Do serve Mrs. Roper Realness
Or, um… Flashdance. Yeah, let’s go with Flashdance.
Speaking of which, do lunges to limber up.
Because you do have to run, after all.
Or possibly skip.
Don’t do it without accessories.
If you’re some people, do touch the props.
But don’t bore the judges.
Because roses are red.
Violets are blue.
He’s serving this.
So you better bring it too.