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Key West Rings in 2019 With High Heel, Lime Wedge Drops Among Others

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    Key West Celebrates New Years 2019 in Style

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    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019)

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    • At Bourbon Street Pub, drag queen Sushi dropped to the ground in a giant high-heel shoe.

    New Year's Eve revelers in Key West had their pick of six unusual "drops" taking place on the eight-square-mile subtropical island.

    At Bourbon Street Pub, drag queen Sushi dropped to the ground in a giant high-heel shoe.

    Sushi, whose real name is Gary Marion, said he had been doing the event for 21 years and that it had "become a worldwide thing".

    "It's amazing, isn't it? I mean all these people come to see a drag queen in a shoe. You know, 20 years ago, 21 years ago, there was like 10 people here, you know? But now it's like become a worldwide thing," said Marion.

    Dog Parade Kicks Off New Year's Eve Celebration

    [NATL] Dog Parade Kicks Off New Year's Eve Celebration

    Before the party animals come out for tonight's New Year's Eve celebration, some real animals hit the streets of Key West, Florida. 300 dogs took part in the annual "Key West Dachshund Walk" Monday.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019)

    Meanwhile, a huge replica of a conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, dropped at Sloppy Joe's Bar, while the Schooner Wharf Bar featured a pirate wench descending a tall ship's mast.

    The Ocean Key Resort had a faux Key lime wedge splashing into a giant margarita glass, while the "tuna drop" was at the Smokin' Tuna Saloon.

    The island's newest answer to the Times Square ball drop salutes Key West's aviation heritage.

    It featured a "stewardess" perched in a replica aircraft at First Flight Island Restaurant, the site of Pan American Airways' ticket office after it began operations in 1927.

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