Fantasy is Celebrated in Key West

Gigi, the Yorkshire terrier, struts her steam punk attire at the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade in Key West, Florida. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Looking to experience something quirky and out of the ordinary this fall? Grab your camera and join in the fun as madness takes over the streets of Key West from October 18 to 27 when the city celebrates the 40thanniversary of the internationally renowned masking and costuming festival, Fantasy Fest. Themed “In Tune But … Off Key,” the event is an exotic extravaganza featuring masquerade balls, costume competitions, street fairs, performance art, glamorous galas and an over-the-top grand parade through part of Old Town, which nearly 70,000 spectators are expected to attend. Even pets in costume get to strut their stuff at the wacky, crowd-pleasing Pet Masquerade on October 23.fantasyfest.com

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