KEY WEST, Fla. -- The Fantasy Fest masking and costuming festival continues through Sunday in Key West, wrapping up a 10-day schedule of more than 60 events -- though its iconic Duval Street parade and other large-crowd highlights were canceled two months ago to protect against possible COVID-19 spread.
Revelers dressed Friday evening as everything from circus characters to mermaids and super-sized chickens promenading down Key West’s streets and gathering at hotspots for masquerade parties and costume contests. The impromptu small-scale parade demonstrated Fantasy Fest’s unquenchable spirit at smaller-scale events.
Themed "All a Daze for a Holiday," this year’s festival has featured standouts including a 60s throwback bash, an offbeat toga party and a miniature parade of tiny floats traveling along an artist-crafted replica of Duval Street.
Upcoming events include the high-spirited Fantasy Fest Bar Masquerade, costume and dance parties, a beachside Latin funk showcase and Sunday’s traditional Children’s Day.
According to Fantasy Fest organizers, next year's festival is expected to feature a full lineup of events including the highlight parade. Themed “Cult Classics & Cartoon Chaos,” it’s scheduled Oct. 21-30, 2022.
Contact: Andy Newman, 305-542-6014; Carol Shaughnessy, 305-797-0579
Story: Key West's Fantasy Fest Continues With Pandemic-Induced Changes
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B-roll of costumed revelers participating in an unscheduled small-scale parade on Key West streets early Friday evening .
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