Locator Super: Key West, Fla.
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Spot b-roll of costumed pets and people parading on stage during Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade.
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KEY WEST, Fla. -- Four-footed “party animals” in costumes, parading across a harborfront stage, competed in Key West’s Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade.
The colorful Wednesday night contest was a highlight of the Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, this year themed “Cult Classics & Cartoon Chaos,” that began Oct. 21.
The Pet Masquerade attracted a wide variety of barking and meowing revelers and their human companions. Entries ranged from costumed pet-and-person pairs to groups of dressed-up animals and humans staging offbeat performances.
Some competitors drew inspiration from the festival’s theme. Among them were a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” ensemble featuring four basset hounds and a large troupe of people and animals spoofing the 1988 film “Beetlejuice.”
Other notable entries included a lion tamer and her canine “lion,” two pirate pooches and an Italian greyhound costumed as the late rock star Prince.
Fantasy Fest continues through Sunday, Oct. 30, featuring a full 10-day slate of events for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic began.
Upcoming highlights include a masquerade march through Key West’s picturesque Old Town and a lavish evening parade Saturday, Oct. 29, featuring large-scale motorized floats and elaborately costumed marching groups.
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