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2015 Pirate Wench Drop 01

Evalena Worthington, garbed in a pirate wench costume, practices her New Year's Eve descent from the top of a sailing ship's mast at the Schooner Wharf Bar Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Beginning late Thursday, Dec. 31, Worthington is to be lowered as one of four unique "drops" in Key West to mark the beginning of 2016. Other planned Florida Keys iconic descents include a large replica of a conch shell, a fake Key lime wedge into a giant margarita glass and a female impersonator in a large faux women's high heel. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Drag Queen Drop 01

Revelers jam Duval Street in Key West, Fla., Jan. 1, 2016, to watch female impersonator Gary Marion, known as Sushi, descend in a large replica of a woman's high heel shoe to mark the beginning of the new year. The Big Red Shoe Drop is one of several of the subtropical island city's takeoffs on New York City's traditional Times Square ball drop. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Mike Freas/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Drag Queen Drop 02

Female impersonator Gary Marion, known as Sushi, is lowered to Duval Street late Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 in Key West, Fla., in a large replica of a woman's high heel shoe to mark the beginning of 2016. The Big Red Shoe Drop is one of several of the subtropical island city's takeoffs on New York City's traditional Times Square ball drop. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Drag Queen Drop 03

Female impersonator Gary Marion, known as Sushi, hangs in a giant replica of a woman's high heel shoe Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Beginning at about 11:59 p.m. Thursday, the shoe with Sushi in it is to be lowered to Duval Street to mark the beginning of 2016. The Big Red Shoe Drop is one of several of the subtropical island city's takeoffs on New York City's Times Square ball drop. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Drag Queen Drop 04

Female impersonator and legal notary Kyle Stewart, left, presides over the marriage of Jeff Kucin, middle, and Gary Marion, right, better known as "Sushi," amid a giant reproduction of a woman's high heel shoe Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Key West, Fla. The New Year's Eve wedding was among the last same-sex weddings in 2015, the same year that saw same-sex marriage legalized nationwide in the U.S. Marion is to descend in the shoe to mark the beginning of 2016. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Drag Queen Drop 01

"Sushi," portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, is lowered to the ground in a giant facsimile of a woman's red high heel on Duval Street, early Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, to mark the beginning of 2015 at the Bourbon Street Pub in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of four Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. Tens of thousands attended the events. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Drag Queen Drop 02

Gary Marion plays the role of female impersonator “Sushi,� while hanging in a giant replica of a woman's red high heel over Duval Street, late Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at the Bourbon Street Pub in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of four of the subtropical island’s warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's ball drop marking the beginning of 2015. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Drag Queen Drop 03

"Sushi," portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, is lowered to the ground in a giant facsimile of a woman's red high heel on Duval Street, early Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, to mark the beginning of 2015 at the Bourbon Street Pub in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of four Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2013 Drag Queen Drop 01

Duval Street in Key West, Fla., is jammed with revelers outside the Bourbon Street Pub early morning Jan. 1, 2014. Thousands of people watched female impersonator Gary Marion as "Sushi" descend in an oversize women's red high heel shoe. The antics were one of four "drops" staged in Key West to welcome 2014. The tradition continues at the eve of 2015 with the scheduled four "drops" to take place at midnight Wednesday, Dec. 31. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2013 Drag Queen Drop 02

Sushi, portrayed by Gary Marion, hangs in a giant replica of a women's red high heel over Duval Street Dec. 31, 2013, at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of four Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. To salute 2015, the renowned four "drops" are to take place at midnight Wednesday, Dec. 31. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2013 Drag Queen Drop 03

Sushi, portrayed by Gary Marion, is lowered to Duval Street seconds before midnight Dec. 31, 2013, to welcome 2014 outside the Bourbon Street Pub in Key West, Fla. The Big Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition and one of four "drops" that the island city stages to celebrate New Year's Eve. To salute 2015, the renowned four "drops" are to take place at midnight Wednesday, Dec. 31. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2013 Sloppy Joe's Conch Drop

Four New Year's Eve "drops" took place in Key West, Fla., to celebrate the arrival of 2014. Here's the scene at Sloppy Joe's Bar where a reproduction of a huge conch shell was lowered to welcome 2014. Other "drops" in Key West included a drag queen in a big red high heel, a pirate wench lowered from the top of a tall sailing ship's mast and a large faux Key lime wedge into a "margarita glass." To salute 2015, the renowned four "drops" are to take place at midnight Wednesday, Dec. 31. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Presley Adamson/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2012 Drag Queen Drop 01

Gary Marion portraying female impersonator Sushi hangs in an oversized replica of a women's red high heel over Duval Street, late Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop has become a Key West tradition and is one of five Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's Times Square ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2012 Drag Queen Drop 02

Duval Street in front of the Bourbon St. Pub complex in Key West, Fla., is jammed with New Year's Eve revelers late Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, as they await the descent of female impersonator Gary Marion, portraying Sushi, in a large replica of a women's high heel. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition and is one of five Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's Times Square ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2012 Drag Queen Drop 03

Female impersonator Gary Marion, portraying Sushi, is lowered in a replica of a women's red high heel Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at the Bourbon St. Pub complex in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop has become a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of five Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's Times Square ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2011 Drag Queen Drop 01

Female impersonator Gary Marion, as "Sushi," dangles high above New Year's Eve revelers in a giant reproduction of a woman's high heel at the Bourbon Street Pub complex late Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition to celebrate the arrival of the new year. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2011 Drag Queen Drop 02

Female impersonator Gary Marion, as "Sushi," prepares to be lowered to Duval Street in Key West, Fla., at the Bourbon Street Pub complex late New Year's Eve Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition and celebrated the arrival of 2012. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2011 Drag Queen Drop 03

Duval Street in Key West, Fla., is packed with New Year's Eve revelers just before midnight as female impersonator Gary Marion, as "Sushi," is lowered at the Bourbon Street Pub complex late Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition that celebrated the dawn of 2012. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2010 Pirate Wench Drop 01

Evalena Worthington rehearses being lowered from the mast of a sailing vessel at the Schooner Wharf Bar late Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Key West, Fla. The Pirate Wench Drop is one of three Key West celebrations set for New Year's Eve to celebrate the dawn of 2011. Others feature a drag queen and a giant reproduction of a conch shell to be lowered at local bars. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Daniel Kolbe/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2010 Sloppy Joe's Conch Drop 06

Thousands of New Year's Eve revelers await the descent of a giant reproduction of a conch shell outside Sloppy Joe's Bar late Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Key West, Fla. The bar was frequented by novelist Ernest Hemingway when he lived in Key West in the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2010 Drag Queen Drop 02

"Sushi," portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, dangles high above New Year's Eve revelers in a giant reproduction of a woman's high heel at the Bourbon Street Pub late Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition to herald the arrival of the new year, answering New York's Times Square ball drop. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2010 Drag Queen Drop 03

"Sushi," portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, is lowered in a giant reproduction of a woman's high heel to celebrate the beginning of 2011 at the Bourbon Street Pub late Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition that was developed 14 years ago to answer New York's Times Square ball drop. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2010 Drag Queen Drop 04

"Sushi," portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, sprays champagne to celebrate the dawn of 2011 after being  lowered in a giant reproduction of a woman's high heel at the Bourbon Street Pub early Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition that was developed 14 years ago to answer New York's Times Square ball drop. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2010 Drag Queen Drop 05

Thousands of New Year's Eve revelers watch "Sushi," portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, being lowered in a giant reproduction of a woman's high heel to celebrate the dawn of a new year at the Bourbon Street Pub early Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in Key West, Fla. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Drag Queen Drop 05

Confetti flies and New Year's Eve revelers celebrate after a giant replica of a conch shell descended to the roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla., early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The conch shell “drop” was one of four staged in Key West to welcome 2017. Sloppy Joe's was a hangout of Ernest Hemingway's when the author lived in Key West in the 1930s. The conch shell is a Florida Keys icon. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Drag Queen Drop 04

Duval Street in Key West, Fla., is jammed with revelers outside the Bourbon St. Pub early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Thousands of people watched female impersonator Gary Marion, center, as "Sushi," descend in an oversized women's red high-heel shoe. The Red Shoe Drop was one of four "drops" staged in Key West to welcome 2017. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Drag Queen Drop 03

“Sushi,” right, portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, toasts New Year's Eve revelers early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, after being lowered to Duval Street in a super-sized red high-heel shoe in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition and one of four "drops" the island city stages to celebrate New Year's Eve. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Drag Queen Drop 02

“Sushi,” portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, is lowered to Duval Street seconds before midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, to welcome 2017 outside the Bourbon St. Pub in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West tradition and one of four "drops" the island city stages to celebrate New Year's Eve. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Drag Queen Drop 01

"Sushi," portrayed by female impersonator Gary Marion, hangs in a giant replica of a woman's red high heel over Duval Street late Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at the Bourbon St. Pub in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of four Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's Times Square ball drop marking the arrival of the new year. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Pirate Wench Drop 01

Evalena Worthington, costumed as a pirate wench, practices being lowered from the mast of the sailing vessel America 2.0 outside the Schooner Wharf Bar late Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Key West, Fla. The Pirate Wench Drop, set for New Year's Eve, is one of four distinct drops Key West offers to answer New York City's Times Square ball drop to mark the beginning of the New Year. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)