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Key West’s Fantasy Fest Canceled Because of COVID-19 Concerns

KEY WEST, Fla. — The organizers of Key West’s Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival announced Thursday that the 2020 festival, originally scheduled Oct. 16-25, would be canceled to protect against the potential spread of COVID-19. The festival typically draws some 60,000 people to Key West’s Duval Street for its highlight parade, as well as several thousand for its annual Masquerade March, Zombie Bike Ride, street fair and costume competitions.
 

What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West: Welcome Back and Bring a Mask

The Florida Keys & Key West reopened to visitors June 1, with officials urging everyone to take personal health actions to protect against the spread of COVID-19. A Keyswide county ordinance requires that facial coverings must be worn by visitors and residents while in business establishments and other public settings, as well as outdoors when social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.

Key West Installs New Permanent Rainbow Crosswalks

Key West city workers installed four permanent rainbow crosswalks Monday, June 15, at the intersection of Duval and Petronia streets in the heart of the island’s LGBTQ entertainment district. Spanning all four corners of the intersection, the crosswalks feature long bands of all six colors of the rainbow flag, an internationally recognized symbol of LGBTQ unity.

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