December 31st, 2010
05:48 PM ET

New Year's Eve 'Conch Republic' style

Photo credit: Kim Segal/CNN

Kim Segal
CNN Supervising Producer

(CNN) - If you have ever been to Key West, Florida you know that things are done with their own flair in this southernmost city in the United States.

The city even "seceded" from the country in 1982 when the residents protested a U.S. Border Patrol roadblock on the highway that leads to the Florida Keys. Mayor Dennis Wardlow read a proclamation of secession and the "Conch Republic" was born.

Just like the variety of people you will find down here, the city has enough New Year’s Eve midnight drop traditions to suit all visitors.

Sushi, a drag queen, is lowered in a red stiletto from the roof of the Bourbon Street Pub. This is where CNN's John Zarrella will be reporting live during our New Year’s Eve broadcast co-hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. Just up the street at midnight a pirate wench will descend from the top of a ship's mast. For an authentic “Conch Republic” countdown, there's a huge manmade conch shell that falls at midnight, when the party for "Conchs" and visitors is just getting started.

Filed under: Kim Segal • New Year's Eve 2011
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. joy bishop

    The best on T.V., And Kathy,too.

    January 1, 2011 at 3:17 am |
  2. Amy

    I watch NYE on CNN every year just to see the celebration in Key West. I live in Texas now but grew up in Miami and spent lots of time in Key West. Your broadcast brings back so many great memories and I'm soo happy CNN goes there every year. Thanks and Happy New Year!!

    December 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  3. Rose

    Happy new year Anderson.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  4. Robert Stroney

    Key West is one place I wouldn't mind being for New Years! 🙂 Who doesn't love Key West?

    December 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm |