The people and dogs here sure love wearing a tutu. Now, the mayor wants it official. Zombie Bike Ride — Local News. Thousands gather for Fantasy Fest in Key West. The Florida Keys' annual "Fantasy Fest" celebrations are winding down after 10 days of revelry. Roughly 60, people gathered Saturday night in the island city of Key West for the "Fantasy Fest" parade.
Early Fantasy Fest - Key West Forum - Tripadvisor
The event lasts 10 days and is a Mardi Gras like event that culminates the last Saturday in October with a wild costumed gala parade up Duval street. While this is a Halloween oriented event with lots of Costumes there is also plenty of body paint and nudity so it's not for the shy or prudish and is clearly an adult oriented festival. Note this is not for shy or prudish as Fantasy Fest is clearly an Adult only event. Must be over 18 to enter. Each year this street festival attracts thousands of people who come to sample Caribbean foods, arts, crafts and carnival rides as well as enjoy live music ranging from gospel to reggae. Click above image to view video.
Fantasy Fest Wanderings II – Oct 2016 --- “Wildlife of Another Sort”
Back in the s, despite reliably beautiful weather, from a retail and tourism standpoint October was dead. A group of local business owners started thinking about what they could do to change that by attracting visitors and tempting snowbirds to return sooner for an earlier start of the lucrative winter season. Bill Conkle, Tony Falcone, Joe Liszka and Frank Romano decided a big party might just do the trick — and taking advantage of the popularity of Halloween and the tradition of fanciful costuming locally, in , they threw a parade. The festival has grown to encompass more than 60 parties, costumed marches, street fairs, and glamorous balls, as well as the show-stopping Fantasy Fest parade.
The Key West Songwrite Unofficially, the Most Fall in Key West means one thing for us - Fantasy Fest - the wildest party on the island and quite possibly the country. Fantasy Fest is 10 days of outrageous costumes, intoxicating debauchery, and parties galore.