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Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman

Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman

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KEY WEST (CBSMiami/AP) – Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest comes to a close Sunday with a carnival for the kids.

Playing off this year’s theme of “Aquatic Afrolic” floats and bands in Saturday night’s parade included a purple octopus with scantily clad women in its tentacles, a ship carrying King Neptune surrounded by mermaids and a “splash park” float with functioning water slides.

Slideshow: Fantasy Fest 2011

More than 50,000 revelers attended the parade down the city’s famously raucous Duval Street.

Fantasy Fest debuted in 1979 to bolster tourism during a slow period. Tourism officials say the festival pumps some $30 million into the Florida Keys economy each year.

Next year’s Fantasy Fest opens Oct. 19 with the theme “A-Conch-Alypse.”

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