Key West, Florida welcomed 2014 by lowering drag queen Sushi in a giant high heeled shoe from a rooftop.

Gary Marion, who goes by the stage name Sushi, started the annual celebration in 1996.

Thousands of revelers gather each year outside the island's Bourbon St. Pub complex on Duval Street to watch Sushi “drop” to the street below in the red shoe, which is constructed of fiberglass and stainless steel.

“It was inspired by Priscilla Queen of the Desert when it first came out, with the whole high heel on top of the bus,” Joey Schroeder, owner of Bourbon St. Pub, told CNN. “I wanted to take that idea and do something fun on New Year's Eve.”

Each year, Marion makes a special dress, which isn't revealed until Sushi arrives to begin the countdown.

“In the last 16 years I've been doing this, it has made Key West one of the destinations to come to for New Years Eve,” Marion said last year.