Key West Fantasy Fest 2018

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10/20/2018 - 4:00pm to 10/29/2018 - 12:00pm
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The first Fantasy Fest was held in 1979 when two local businessmen organized a party to stimulate business during a typically slow time of year. The amount of people that join this festival every year ranges from 25,000 to 75,000 -- twice the population of the island. The event has escalated to a ten-day celebration that includes balls, a parade, costume competitions, AIDS fundraisers, body painting, drag queen contests, and pet and neighborhood parades for the whole family. Fantasy Fest has grown to rival New Orleans Mardi Gras as an event drawing out-of-towners.

The highlight of Fantasy Fest is a parade featuring humorous floats, including one carrying the annually elected King and Queen of Fantasy Fest.