Among them is Gary Marion, known as the drag queen Sushi, who will be lowered in a huge facsimile of a woman’s high heel at a bar on Duval Street. Outside Sloppy Joe’s Bar, famous for being a hangout of writer Ernest Hemingway, thousands of revelers are expected to watch the drop of a gigantic man-made conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys.
Celebrants can see a huge replica of a Key lime wedge splashing down into a larger-than-life margarita glass at a harbor-side resort. There also will be a “landing” of a flight attendant in a section of a replica aircraft at First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery, billed as the birthplace of Pan American World Airways.
Also on the bill are a faux “tuna drop” and a “pirate wench” who will be lowered from the top of a tall ship's mast.