Key West to again ring in the New Year with the Red Shoe Drop

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Female impersonator Gary Marion will portray “Sushi” again this New Year’s Eve as she dangles high above revelers in a giant reproduction of a woman’s high heel at the Bourbon Street Pub complex in Key West, Florida. This photo is from late New Year’s Eve in 2011. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Sushi is to star in festivities for the 15th consecutive year. Seconds before midnight, the super-sized red high heel carrying the elaborately gowned Sushi is lowered from the complex’s balcony toward the cheering crowd below. Live entertainment by female impersonators and others adds a seasonal spice. Visit

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