Three Times the Fun in Key West

While most American cities have their own New Year’s Eve traditions – maybe a parade, or a concert, or a disco ball drop – Key West doesn’t settle for less than three great ways to welcome in the New Year.

The excitement starts on Monday, December 31, when about 200 short-legged dogs and their owners participate in the annual Key West Dachshund Walk! You will not want to miss the fun as these adorable pets parade down Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval Streets. There is no entry fee, although donations of pet food are requested to benefit the community pet food pantry, run by the St. Mary Star of the Sea Outreach Mission.

The Southernmost Beach Café at the end of Duval Street is offering an open bar and hors d’oeuvres cocktail party from 8:00 until 10:00 p.m., capped off by a fireworks display. Advance reservations are suggested and tickets are $65 per person. Call them at 305-295-6550 for more information.

The city’s midnight celebrations are not limited to a single countdown. Revelers can take their pick of venues to ring in the New Year. Sloppy Joe’s Bar at 201 Duval Street offers its 20th Annual Conch Shell drop. The Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex at 724 Duval Street will have a descending 6-foot, red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi. At the Historic Seaport, a pirate wench will descend from the mast of a tall ship to the accompaniment of booming cannon. Additional Seaport attractions are to include live music, dancing and general frivolity at the Schooner Wharf Bar.

The forecast for New Year’s Eve in Key West calls for balmy temperatures and a blizzard of fun. Why not join us here in America’s tropical paradise? I have been selling Key West real estate for over 29 years to people from all corners of the world, and my free relocation packet and personalized, professional service can guide you to your perfect Key West home. Contact me today by phone at Margarita Villoch, 305-304-8505, by email at, or on the web at and celebrate Key West!