America's southernmost island just might go to the dogs at noon Monday, when about 200 short-legged, long-bodied canines and their owners stage the annual Key West Dachshund Walk. The procession -- with many canines in costume -- in the island city's historic Old Town is an informal, family-friendly prelude to the more exuberant antics likely to accompany 2013's midnight arrival.
Tens of thousands of human revelers are expected to throng Key West's historic district for four warmer-weather takeoffs on New York City's traditional Times Square ball drop.
At the Bourbon Street Pub complex, female impersonator Sushi is slated to "drop" in a super-sized red high heel. Crowds can also celebrate watching a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, descend to the roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar; Ernest Hemingway's former hangout. In the island city's Historic Seaport, a pirate wench is to be lowered from the top of a tall ship's mast outside the Schooner Wharf Bar. And a new Key West New Year’s Eve celebration at the Ocean Key House is to feature a replica of a key lime wedge lowered into a larger-than-life margarita glass.
Activities elsewhere in the Florida Keys include the "drop" of a glittering 7.5-foot replica sailfish at the Postcard Inn in Islamorada and fireworks' display up and down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway.