Key West ‘drops a drag queen’ to kick off 2013

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 7:31 EDT
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Gary 'Sushi' Marion, star of Key West's annual 'Drag Queen Drop' on New Year's Eve. Photo: Screenshot via AOL News.
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Everyone knows that on New Year’s Eve, the ball drops in New York’s Times Square where millions gather to bring in the new year in style. But in Key West, there’s a different tradition entirely.

They drop a drag queen, in a giant high heeled shoe no less.

The man behind the celebration is Gary “Sushi” Marion, who’s perched in the shoe every New Year’s Eve for the last 16 years.

The party sounds like a good time, too. “You’ll have older gay men next to a family with kids, next to guys in leather, next to a bunch of rowdy bachelorettes,” he told a reporter. “Everybody’s welcome.”

This video is from The Associated Press, published Jan. 1, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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