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Blush Hour: Red Dress Run 2013

It’s the Friday before Red Dress Run, the time when men all over New Orleans begin begging their feminine friends to borrow frocks. For the second year in a row, festivities begin and end at Armstrong Park. The countdown is on, but there’s still time to preregister for the least athletic two-mile run of the year. Stop by the Racetrack on Gentilly Blvd. until 9pm tonight, and spend $70 for charity, beer, live music, and daylong debauchery. Participants can also register the morning of for $75.


The party is 21 and over, and underage runners need not apply. New Orleans Hash House Harriers organize Mona Triche said the beer, provided by Abita, Crescent Crown, and Miller Lite, will flow from 9am-5:30pm. “The beer is unlimited. It never stops,” said Triche.


The run begins at 11am, after a 9:30am registration, when the beer begins to flow. The two-mile run ends where it starts, at Armstrong Park. The route is not specified, but it shouldn't be too difficult to keep up with the pace.


Afterwards, Dash Rip Rock plays, followed by Cowboy Mouth. Triche said that preregistration is up this year from last year, and she hopes that they can devote more money to various charities that submit grants. “Last year we only gave away $150,000 to charity. We had 2,000 less registered than the year before that,” said the organizer. However, numbers are back to normal.


Triche said the run is a great excuse to play tourist for a day. “Last year there was a significant amount of people in the park until the last band. People meandered in and out of the park and came back. Bourbon Street is right there. Armstrong Park was a much better venue. Last year was the first year at Armstrong Park, and it is awesome.”


After the unlimited beer, the music, and the park, Triche said $31 from every registration goes to charities. Nonprofits apply after the event, and the money is distributed to local causes. “The grant application for this year’s charities don’t go up until after the event,” explained Triche. “They have to be a local nonprofit, can’t be a national charity."


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