From: Friday, Dec 31st, 2021
To: Saturday, Jan 1st, 2022
Drag Queen in a Shoe? It has to be a Gay New Years Eve in Key West.
Since 1996, the centerpiece of the city’s celebration of New Year’s is Sushi, the island’s best-known drag queen, descending from a giant high-heel shoe. She is lowered from a balcony of the gay bar, the Bourbon Street Pub, to the cheering crowed on Duval Street below.
You’ll have older gay men next to a family with kids, next to guys in leather, next to a bunch of rowdy bachelorettes. “Everybody’s welcome.”
The Key West Red High Heel Shoe Drop is an honored tradition held on New Year’s Eve. Located in front of the Bourbon St. Pub on Duval Street, Key West’s local famous drag personality, Gary “Sushi” Marion, descends from the top of the New Orleans House in her big red pump at the stroke of midnight to ring in the New Year.
The street in front of Bourbon Street Pub is closed to traffic to accommodate the crowds. While they wait for Marion as Sushi, a live musical dance and impersonation show is performed on a stage in front of the bar. At 11 o’clock, Sushi arrives, and they lower the shoe and put her in it, then raise her up. Over the next hour, Marion as Sushi is lowered 20 feet down inside the fire-engine red shoe made of fiberglass and stainless steel. The shoe is a size 8 feet, with a 4-foot-high heel.
The event brings in Tens of Thousands of people each year and even receives national attention as CNN has been in attendance with Anderson Cooper covering the event. It’s one of the best destinations to celebrate the New Year because the weather is perfect and the atmosphere is wild, fun and free! Would you expect anything less from Key West?
Most of the gay bars in town are clustered along colourful Duval Street.
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of Key West
Most of the gay bars in town are clustered along colorful Duval Street, in the historic district, which is also home to dozens of fun shops and inviting restaurants.
Recommended Apartments in Key West
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Video of Key West Shoe Drop
Highlights of the Key West New Years Eve Shoe Drop!
Recommended Hotels in Key West
Check out a selection of our favourite hotels in Key West, close to all of the gay bars and clubs and offering great service and value for money.
The Gardens Hotel
4 Star, adults-only
This hotel offers a breakfast buffet and an outdoor pool. Duval Street is a 1-minute walk away
3 Star, Adult Only
Colonial style rooms in a beautiful setting with excellent finishing touches. Highly recommended.
3 Star, Adult Only
10 bedroom guest house with an outdoor heated pool, continental buffet breakfast, and free WiFi.
Truman Hotel 3 Star
Outdoor pool and modern rooms equipped with iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs.