“Sushi,” portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, dangles high above New Year’s Eve revelers in a giant reproduction of a woman’s high heel at the Bourbon Street Pub in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition to herald the arrival of the new year, answering New York’s Times Square ball drop. The Sushi Drag Queen Drop has made the list of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Quirkiest New Year’s Eve Celebrations. According to the TripAdvisor review:
The isle of Key West will be brimming with holiday cheer as it hosts three fun-filled festivities. Travelers can ring in 2012 at The Bourbon Street Pub, where legendary drag queen “Sushi” is lowered to the ground, while seated in a giant, glossy red shoe. Celebrations will also be held at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where a six-foot tall Styrofoam conch shell is lowered into a sea of revelers – while a “pirate wench” will be dropped from the mast of an old wooden ship at Schooner Wharf Bar, on nearby Williams Street.