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Key West celebrates New Year with dachshund parade and 'drops'

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KEY WEST, Florida — New Year's Eve celebrations have begun with a parade of some 175 dachshunds through the subtropical island's historic downtown.

Participants in Wednesday's Key West Dachshund Walk included canines costumed as a racehorse, superheroes with a "jailbird" companion, wieners in buns, miniature dinosaurs and a "cocktail wiener" whose ensemble sported a sequined martini glass.

Wednesday night, tens of thousands of human revelers are expected in Key West for four warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's Times Square ball drop.

Celebrants can watch female impersonator Sushi "drop" in a large red high heel shoe. A huge man-made conch shell, the Florida Keys' symbol, will descend outside Sloppy Joe's Bar. A replica Key lime wedge will splash into a gigantic margarita glass. And a pirate wench will "drop" from atop a sailing vessel's mast.

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