Key West starts 2021 with drag queens’ Shoe Drop

Drag Queen Sushi descends in a large replica of a women’s high heel shoe on Thursday in Key West. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Drag Queen Sushi descends in a large replica of a women’s high heel shoe on Thursday in Key West. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO) (Florida Keys News Bureau)

KEY WEST, Fla. – Gary Marion, better known as Drag Queen Sushi, stepped into Key West’s giant red high-heel shoe on Thursday.

Female impersonator Gary Marion, known as “Sushi,” descends in a large replica of a women’s high heel shoe in the back courtyard of a Key West, Fla., entertainment and hotel complex Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, to celebrate the beginning of 2021. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO) (Florida Keys News Bureau)

Instead of midnight, Marion took the courageous step before 10 p.m. to abide by the curfew. Attendance was limited to encourage social distancing.

Instead of Duval Street, Marion dropped from a second-story area that faced the courtyard of the Bourbon Street Pub area.

Female impersonator Gary Marion, known as “Sushi,” waves to a small group of revelers after descending in a large replica of a women’s high heel shoe in the back courtyard of a Key West, Fla., entertainment and hotel complex Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, to celebrate the beginning of 2021. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO) (Florida Keys News Bureau)

Aside from the New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop, Key West also celebrates with the drops of a super-sized conch shell and a pirate wench, but the events were canceled.

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