KEY WEST, Fla. — Thousands of people are expected to attend kitschy New Year’s Eve celebrations in the southernmost city in the continental U.S.

Just before midnight, a female impersonator named Sushi will descend in a giant red high-heel shoe lowered from a balcony onto Key West’s Duval Street.

In the Key West Historic Seaport, a “pirate wench” will be lowered from the top of a tall ship’s mast. A conch shell, a Key lime wedge, a unicorn and a tuna also will drop at bars across the island.

Revelers in Key West will escape the frigid temperatures blasting much of the country. The National Weather Service expected temperatures Sunday to hover in the low 70s.

More than 200 dachshunds paraded with their owners through Key West earlier Sunday as a prelude to the evening’s festivities.

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