More than 200 short-legged, long-bodied dogs and their owners gathered for the procession — an informal, family-friendly prelude to the after-dark revelry scheduled to welcome 2018.
Tail-wagging participants included standard and miniature dachshunds — among them "grand marshal" Cricket, an 8-year-old charmer from Big Pine Key -- as well as a few "weiner-dog wannabes" representing other breeds.
Many wore costumes and offbeat accessories, drawing laughter and applause from spectators lining the short parade route.
Elizabeth Stentzel of York, Pennsylvania, costumed her 2-year-old dachshund Nelson as a horse carrying Sheriff Woody from the "Toy Story" films.
Other standouts included a 'Wizard of Oz ensemble featuring dogs garbed as the Tin Man and a flying monkey, a "rasta" dachshund with dreadlocks, and dogs dressed as jailbirds, ballerinas, superheroes and even a bright yellow chicken.
Later on New Year's Eve, tens of thousands of human revelers are expected to throng Key West's downtown and waterfront for unique warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's traditional Times Square ball drop.
Chief among them is the "drop" of female impersonator Sushi in a super-sized red high-heel shoe on the island's famed Duval Street. Just before midnight a dazzlingly gowned Sushi, perched in the shoe, is to be lowered from the balcony of Key West's Bourbon St. Pub complex.
Revelers also can celebrate in Key West by watching a giant manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, "drop" to the roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar. In the Key West Historic Seaport, a pirate wench is to be lowered from the top of a tall ship's mast outside the Schooner Wharf Bar. And at the Ocean Key Resort, a huge replica of a Key lime wedge is to splash down into a larger-than-life margarita glass. Finally, there’s the drop of a "unicorn" at The Porch bar and a "tuna" at the Smokin" Tuna Saloon.
The air temperature in Key West at midnight is expected to be 66 degrees fahrenheit according to forecasters at the Key West National Weather Service.