Key West has gone to the dogs! Watch as 156 dachshunds and their owners parade through historic Old Town. This wiener wonderland walk is an annual family-friendly prelude to the island's New Year's festivities.
A parade of 156 dachshunds and their owners kick off New Year's Eve festivities Thursday in the Florida Keys.
Key West's Dachshund Walk provided an informal, family-friendly prelude to the frenetic revelry that took place later that night as the Florida Keys rang in the new year.
The long-bodied canines and their owners gathered in Key West's historic Old Town district for the "wiener wonderland" walk. Some dachshunds were dressed in costumes or offbeat accessories. The walking route, which includes a block of Key West's famed Duval Street, is deliberately kept brief to cater to the canine contingent's short legs.
Later on New Year's Eve, tens of thousands of human revelers throng Key West's historic district for three warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's traditional Times Square ball drop.
Crowds rang in the New Year on Duval Street by watching a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, descend from its supports to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar. A few blocks away at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, female impersonator Sushi "dropped" in a super-sized red high heel to mark the new year's arrival. In the island city's Historic Seaport, New Year's Eve revelry salutes the Keys' seafaring heritage with the "drop" of a pirate wench from the top of the mast of a tall ship.
In addition, fireworks light up the sky in Key Largo, Islamorada and other areas of the Keys to celebrate the arrival of 2010.