31 December 2020
KEY WEST, Fla. – 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.
 
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.

While multiple New Year’s Eve “drops” typically take place in Key West, including  those of a super-sized conch (pronounced ‘konk’) 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. 
 
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Locator super: Key West, Fla.
Video: Video to match this story to be uploaded to FTP servers around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. Footage also is to be available on the Florida Keys News Bureau's FTP server (download details below) as well as Google link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J-J7jQvi8jcmNp24JWvn4-yM0pjhja5Z/view?usp=sharing
. B-roll of "New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop” in courtyard for socially distanced reservation-only spectators.
TRT:  0:56
Filename: KeyWestNYE.mp4
Video source: Florida Keys News Bureau

FTP Information
Host:
 ftp://216.194.165.19
UserID: floridakeys@news.fla-keys.com
Password: islands
Folder: News Video
Filename: KeyWestNYE.mp4

It is best to access and download files from the FTP site using a dedicated FTP software package such as Fetch.
 
Google link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J-J7jQvi8jcmNp24JWvn4-yM0pjhja5Z/view?usp=sharing
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