KEY WEST (CBSMiami/FKNB) – A female impersonator “dropped” in a giant replica of a high-heel shoe at a Key West entertainment and hotel complex Thursday night to mark the beginning of 2021 prior to a 10 p.m. curfew mandated by the city government to help prevent potential COVID-19 spread.
Thursday night’s festivities starred drag queen Sushi, the alter ego of Key West resident Gary Marion, dressed in an elegant hand-sewn ensemble and a face shield to guard against the virus.READ MORE: 'We Want Him Dead, We Want Him Forgotten': Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz's Apology Falls Flat With Victims Families
Perched in the giant red shoe suspended from a second-story balcony, she entertained a limited number of seated spectators in the courtyard of the Bourbon St. Pub complex.
Several hours before midnight, Sushi was lowered in the shoe from the complex’s balcony to a platform over the courtyard’s pool, in a symbolic welcome to 2021.West Park Puppy Theft Led To Shootout
While multiple New Year’s Eve “drops” typically take place in Key West, including those of a super-sized conch shell and a pirate wench, they were canceled to avoid drawing large crowds to downtown Duval Street and waterfront areas.
The 23rd annual “drag queen shoe drop,” which usually is staged on Duval before well over 1,000 spectators, was moved to the courtyard with reservation-only attendance strictly limited.
As well as New Year’s Eve, the curfew mandated by Key West city officials also is effective Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, from 10 p.m. each night through 6 a.m. the next morning. The curfew does not apply to the remainder of the Florida Keys.MORE NEWS: Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz Pleads Guilty To All Counts In School Massacre
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