Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Shooting COMPLETE COVERAGEPHOTOS

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

kwp09 Fantasy Fest Masquerade Marchers Prowl Key West

Costumed revelers proceed down Fleming Street Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Key West, Fla., during the Masquerade March. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News/HO)

KEY WEST, Fla. (CBSMiami/FKNB) — 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.

Beginning at the Key West Cemetery, the Friday evening march was a highlight of the annual 10-day costuming and masking festival that continues through Sunday.

Among notable participants were several dancing orange dinosaurs, two white-wigged men portraying wedges of wedding cake, a quartet of fiercely battling bumper cars and a flock of oversized pink flamingos.

kwp07 Fantasy Fest Masquerade Marchers Prowl Key West

A woman costumed as a mermaid uses her smartphone to take a selfie. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News/HO)

Some marchers wore costumes inspired by the 2017 Fantasy Fest theme, “Time Travel Unravels.” Standouts included Key West’s Daniel Bitnar, dressed as the dove of peace in a lavish spangled and feathered ensemble, who spread huge wings as a troupe of “time travelers” advocated harmony.

Saturday night’s Fantasy Fest Parade is expected to draw some 60,000 revelers to Key West’s historic downtown. Each year the parade features dozens of elaborate motorized floats, exotically costumed walking groups and island-style bands.

Fantasy Fest concludes Sunday after a children’s carnival and an afternoon dance party.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Miami

Get Your Daily DoseHere's some good news just for you.
Weather Forecast 24/7Check for current temps and what to expect throughout the day
CBS4 New Home For Florida Lottery

Watch & Listen LIVE