Several dozen masquerade parties, quirky costume contests, live music and theater shows, and themed events are scheduled during the 10-day festival. Revelers can express their creativity by donning dazzling costumes during the annual Fantasy Fest celebration in Key West.
Fantasy Fest means big business for the small tourism-dependent island, as tens of thousands of tourists pour in to party in a way they likely can't back home.
Several dozen masquerade parties, quirky costume contests, live music and theater shows, and themed events are scheduled during the 10-day festival, culminating in a lavish grand parade featuring massive motorized floats and elaborately costumed marching groups.
Fantasy Fest is an annual Key West street party held each year during the last week of October, originally founded in 1979 by island residents Joe Liszka, Frank Romano, Tony Falcone, and Bill Conkle.
Stick around Key West long enough and you’ll see plenty of tutus, those tiny puffs of skirt worn by ballerinas.
We Cycle's Zombie Bike Ride is a costumed, 4-mile bicycle ride from historic Fort East Martello to Downtown Key West
The Florida Keys' annual "Fantasy Fest" celebrations are winding down after 10 days of revelry. Roughly 60,000 people gathered Saturday night in the island city of Key West for the "Fantasy Fest" parade.
Roughly 60,000 people gathered Saturday night in the island city of Key West for a flamboyant parade.
More than 10,000 costumed revelers staged the high-spirited Masquerade March through Key West’s historic Old Town as a prelude to Saturday night’s lavish Fantasy Fest Parade.
Dogs, cats, birds and even a hedgehog put on their best costumes at the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade in Key West.
The parties are under way during Fantasy Fest, the annual 10-day festival in the Florida Keys.
In Key West, the annual 10-day-long Fantasy Fest includes nearly 100 events including a tutu-required party, a pet masquerade and big parades including one packed with zombies.
More than 6,500 eerily costumed zombies, known as “the walking dead,” abandoned pedestrian power for bicycles Sunday evening, Oct. 21, during Key West’s offbeat annual Zombie Bike Ride.
More than 6,500 eerily costumed zombies, known as “the walking dead,” abandoned pedestrian power for bicycles Sunday, during Key West’s offbeat annual Zombie Bike Ride.
The costuming and masking festival began in 1979 when a small group of Key Westers dreamt up the event to bolster tourism business between summer and winter.
The island city’s wacky and sometimes-decadent costuming and masking festival kicked off Friday with a coronation ball to crown the 10-day festival’s king and queen.
If you don’t have your plans in order for Fantasy Fest 2018 in Key West by now, you’ve got some work to do. Debauchery doesn’t just happen on its own, you know.
More than 100,000 people are expected to show to this year’s Fantasy Fest in Key West, which kicks off on Oct. 19. The annual event will feature more than 60 parties including costumed marches, street fairs, glamorous balls, as well as the show stopping and world-renowned Fantasy Fest Parade.
Fantasy Fest — one of Key West’s major tourist draws of the year — is in full swing. And that’s a relief for Florida Keys business owners trying to weather the economic storm that hit after Hurricane Irma battered the middle stretch of the tourism-dependent island chain.
Thousands of masked and costumed partiers promenaded through Key West’s Old Town during the free-spirited Fantasy Fest Masquerade March, a lively prelude to Saturday night’s elaborate grand parade.
A pair of Vikings push a stroller full of stuffed chimps down Duval Street. A man with a ponytail swallows a steel sword. People dressed only in body paint and glitter wander and jiggle from bar to bar.
Thousands of "zombies" and their bikes hit the streets of Key West, Florida on Oct. 22
Several thousand costumed “creatures” pedaled through Key West during the Zombie Bike Ride that concluded the opening weekend of Fantasy Fest, the Florida Keys’ first major special event since Hurricane Irma struck the island chain Sept. 10.
Come experience the 10-day, no-holds-barred party filled with costumes, body paint, drinking, dancing, life loving and skin aplenty.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Keys are open for business, and Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest bacchanal is on as planned from Oct. 20-29 with the theme Time Travel Unravels.
Fans of Fantasy Fest, never fear. Key West's annual costume street party returns this year from Oct. 20 to 29, undeterred by the passing of Hurricane Irma.
A prominent Key West artist and a veteran event planner will team up to produce the annual 10-day Fantasy Fest this October, having struck a deal with the nonprofit that owns the event’s name.
Presidential politics took center stage at Key West’s Fantasy Fest Headdress Ball – just one of more than 40 events being held during the 10-day festival.
El tradicional evento logró traer este año a unas 8,000 personas que recorrieron Key West disfrazados de zombies.
Thousands of costumed zombies roamed Key West Sunday evening on bicycles along shorelines and streets during the annual Zombie Bike Ride.
If you were in downtown Key West Sunday evening and thought a zombie invasion was taking place, no need to worry – it was just the annual Zombie Bike Ride to kick off the annual Fantasy Fest activities.
Brush off the graveyard dust and break out your wheels for the sixth annual Zombie Bike Ride in Key West.
If you haven't been to Key West's Fantasy Fest, you haven't seen how wild Key West can truly be.
The decadent 10-day Fantasy Fest concludes this weekend in Key West, capped by a Halloween parade expected to attract more than 60,000 spectators.
Thousands of masked and costumed partiers promenaded through Key West’s Old Town during the free-spirited Fantasy Fest Masquerade March, a lively prelude to a Halloween night lavish grand parade.