Key West New Years Eve Provides Early Drag Queen Drop – CBS St John
KEY WEST (CBSSt John / FKNB) – A female impersonator dropped into a giant replica of a high-heeled shoe at an entertainment and hotel complex in Key West on Thursday night, around the beginning of 2021, ahead of a city-mandated curfew 10 p.m. to mark government to prevent possible spread of COVID-19.
The festivities on Thursday evening featured Drag Queen Sushi, the alter ego of Key West-based Gary Marion, clad in an elegant hand-sewn ensemble and a face mask to protect against the virus.
She sat in the huge red shoe hung from a balcony on the second floor, entertaining a limited number of seated spectators in the courtyard of the Bourbon St. pub complex.
A few hours before midnight, Sushi in Schuh was lowered from the complex’s balcony onto a platform above the courtyard pool to symbolically welcome 2021.
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While Key West typically hosts multiple New Year’s Eve drops, including that of an oversized clam shell and a pirate woman, they have been canceled to avoid drawing large crowds into downtown Duval Street and the waterfront areas.
The 23rd annual “Drag Queen Shoe Drop”, which normally takes place on Duval in front of well over 1,000 spectators, was relocated to the inner courtyard with only limited reservations.
In addition to New Year’s Eve, the curfew, mandated by Key West City officials, will apply from January 1st and 2nd from 10pm each evening until 6am the next morning. The curfew does not apply to the rest of the Florida Keys.
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