Costumes, Street Parties & Contests Dominate Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
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"Creatures from the deep" proceed down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade. The nighttime event, that attracted more than 50,000 spectators, was a highlight of Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival themed "Aquatic Afrolic." (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
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Participants in the Fantasy Fest Parade, costumed as manta rays, move down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade. The nighttime event, that attracted more than 50,000 spectators, was a highlight of Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival themed "Aquatic Afrolic." (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
Fantasy Fest Parade by Rob O'Neal
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Revelers slide on a water park-themed float during the Fantasy Fest Parade in Key West, Fla. Theme for the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Sunday, Oct. 30, is "Aquatic Afrolic." The parade attracted more than 50,000 revelers, officials said. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Fantasy Fest Parade by Rob O'Neal
Fantasy Fest Parade by Rob O'Neal
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Terry Bollea, right, also known as Hulk Hogan, and his wife Jennifer, left, toss beads to revelers at the Fantasy Fest Parade in Key West, Fla. The nighttime extravaganza was a highlight of the island city's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that concludes Sunday, Oct. 30. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
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Fantasy Fest Parade by Rob O'Neal
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In this Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Alicia Renner rides her shark-themed bicycle down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade. The nighttime event, that attracted more than 50,000 spectators, was a highlight of Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival themed "Aquatic Afrolic." (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal)
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In this Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau.The nighttime event, that attracted more than 50,000 spectators, was a highlight of Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival themed "Aquatic Afrolic." (
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Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
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In this Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, revelers costumed as jellyfish escort a large float carrying "King Neptune" down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade. The nighttime event, that attracted more than 50,000 spectators, was a highlight of Key West's Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival themed "Aquatic Afrolic." The 10-day extravaganza ends Sunday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)
Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
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Revelers wrapped in the tentacles of a purple octopus make their way down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade. The nighttime event, that attracted more than 50,000 spectators, was a highlight of Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival themed "Aquatic Afrolic." (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
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Fantasy Fest Parade participants costumed as lionfish proceed down Duval Street in Key West, Fla. The evening event attracted more than 50,000 spectators and was a highlight of Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct. 30. The festival is themed "Aquatic Afrolic." (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Fantasy Fest Parade by Andy Newman
Fantasy Fest Parade by Rob O'Neal
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Revelers costumed as lobsters ride a float during the Fantasy Fest Parade in Key West, Fla. The nighttime event was a highlight of the island city's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is themed "Aquatic Afrolic" and concludes Sunday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal)
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Dave Hutchinson airbrushes a huge lionfish Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The fish replica is slated to roll down Key West's Duval Street in a Saturday, Oct. 29, parade that is to highlight the island city's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that began Friday, Oct. 21. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
fest preparations Dave Hutchinson airbrushes a huge lionfish Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The fish replica is slated to roll down Key West's Duval Street in a Saturday, Oct. 29, parade that is to highlight the island city's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that began Friday, Oct. 21. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Rick Worth, left, and Jack McDonald, right,  create large artistic eels Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The giant replicas are to dress a Key West business facade during the island city's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest masking and costuming festival set to end Oct. 30. The extravaganza's theme this year is "Aquatic Afrolic."  (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
fest preparations2 Rick Worth, left, and Jack McDonald, right, create large artistic eels Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The giant replicas are to dress a Key West business facade during the island city's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest masking and costuming festival set to end Oct. 30. The extravaganza's theme this year is "Aquatic Afrolic." (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
A portion of about 500 participants ride their bicycles in the Zombie Ride Sunday, Oct. 23 , 2011, in Key West, Fla. Scheduled through Sunday, Oct. 30, Key West is staging its annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is to be highlighted by the Saturday, Oct. 29, Fantasy Fest parade down Duval Street, the island city's main drag. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
ROB O'NEAL/The Citizen A portion of about 500 participants ride their bicycles in the Zombie Ride Sunday, Oct. 23 , 2011, in Key West, Fla. Scheduled through Sunday, Oct. 30, Key West is staging its annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is to be highlighted by the Saturday, Oct. 29, Fantasy Fest parade down Duval Street, the island city's main drag. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
In this Oct. 23, 2011, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a participant  in the Zombie Parade in Key West, Fla., uses the "Occupy" theme for costuming motivation. Scheduled through Sunday, Oct. 30, Key West is staging its annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is to be highlighted by the Saturday, Oct. 29, Fantasy Fest parade down Duval Street, the island city's main drag. (Courtesy: AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau)
Fantasy Fest Zombie Ride2 In this Oct. 23, 2011, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a participant in the Zombie Parade in Key West, Fla., uses the "Occupy" theme for costuming motivation. Scheduled through Sunday, Oct. 30, Key West is staging its annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is to be highlighted by the Saturday, Oct. 29, Fantasy Fest parade down Duval Street, the island city's main drag. (Courtesy: AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau)
Zombie Parade in Key West, Fla. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/ The Citizen)
ROB O'NEAL/The Citizen Zombie Parade in Key West, Fla. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/ The Citizen)
Stacy Czerwinski and her dog Isabella, dressed as hammerhead sharks, compete in the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Casa Marina in Key West, Fla. Dozens of costumed animals and many people competed in the event that was a facet of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is to he highlighted by a nighttime parade Saturday, Oct.  (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade 17 Stacy Czerwinski and her dog Isabella, dressed as hammerhead sharks, compete in the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Casa Marina in Key West, Fla. Dozens of costumed animals and many people competed in the event that was a facet of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is to he highlighted by a nighttime parade Saturday, Oct. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Jay Solley and his goldfish compete in the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Casa Marina in Key West, Fla. Dozens of costumed creatures ranging from canines to a turtle, as well as their owners, competed in the event that was a facet of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking that is themed "Aquatic Afrolic."(Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade 16 Jay Solley and his goldfish compete in the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Casa Marina in Key West, Fla. Dozens of costumed creatures ranging from canines to a turtle, as well as their owners, competed in the event that was a facet of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking that is themed "Aquatic Afrolic."(Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
A Chihuahua dressed as a burro gazes at spectators Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, during the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade at the Casa Marina in Key West, Fla. Dozens of costumed animals and many people competed in the event that was a facet of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is to he highlighted by a nighttime parade Saturday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade 15 A Chihuahua dressed as a burro gazes at spectators Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, during the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade at the Casa Marina in Key West, Fla. Dozens of costumed animals and many people competed in the event that was a facet of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that is to he highlighted by a nighttime parade Saturday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Clinton the Great Dane, dressed as a Florida Keys lobster, looks at Rudy Tyler, left, during the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Casa Marina in Key West, Fla. Dozens of costumed creatures ranging from canines to a turtle, as well as their owners, competed in the event that was a facet of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct. 30.  (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade 14 Clinton the Great Dane, dressed as a Florida Keys lobster, looks at Rudy Tyler, left, during the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Casa Marina in Key West, Fla. Dozens of costumed creatures ranging from canines to a turtle, as well as their owners, competed in the event that was a facet of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Costumed revelers, portraying a stone crab trap and its marker buoys, walk in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011,  in Key West, Fla. The annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Sunday, Oct. 30, is themed Aquatic Afrolic.  (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade13 Costumed revelers, portraying a stone crab trap and its marker buoys, walk in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Sunday, Oct. 30, is themed Aquatic Afrolic. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Costumed revelers participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Sunday, Oct. 30, is themed Aquatic Afrolic.  (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade12 Costumed revelers participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Sunday, Oct. 30, is themed Aquatic Afrolic. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
A woman, escorted by "jellyfish," spoofs marathon swimmer Diana Nyad's recent failed attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida during the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The 10-day Fantasy Fest  masking and costuming celebration is known for its offbeat humor.  (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade11 A woman, escorted by "jellyfish," spoofs marathon swimmer Diana Nyad's recent failed attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida during the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The 10-day Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration is known for its offbeat humor. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Costumed revelers participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Oct. 30, is to be highlighted by a Saturday, Oct. 29, parade down Duval Street, Key West's main drag. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade10 Costumed revelers participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Oct. 30, is to be highlighted by a Saturday, Oct. 29, parade down Duval Street, Key West's main drag. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
The Florida Keys News Bureau, the Key West Sea Serpent and its creators proceed down a Key West, Fla., street in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. The event attracted thousands of garbed revelers and was a facet of the annual 10-day Fantasy Fest  costuming and masking festival set to end Sunday, Oct. 30. ( Courttesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade9 The Florida Keys News Bureau, the Key West Sea Serpent and its creators proceed down a Key West, Fla., street in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. The event attracted thousands of garbed revelers and was a facet of the annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival set to end Sunday, Oct. 30. ( Courttesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Two Fantasy Fest revelers garbed as giant groupers subscribing to the costuming and masking festival's "Aquatic Afrolic" theme, participate in the Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. Key West's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest, that features some 50 different events, is to end Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade8 Two Fantasy Fest revelers garbed as giant groupers subscribing to the costuming and masking festival's "Aquatic Afrolic" theme, participate in the Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. Key West's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest, that features some 50 different events, is to end Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Fantasy Fest revelers subscribing to the festival's "Aquatic Afrolic" theme walk in the Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The subtropical island's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest, that features some 50 different costuming and masking events, is to end Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade7 Fantasy Fest revelers subscribing to the festival's "Aquatic Afrolic" theme walk in the Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The subtropical island's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest, that features some 50 different costuming and masking events, is to end Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Thousands of garbed revelers participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Sunday, Oct. 30, is to be highlighted by a Saturday, Oct. 29, parade down Duval Street, Key West's main drag. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade6 Thousands of garbed revelers participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival, that ends Sunday, Oct. 30, is to be highlighted by a Saturday, Oct. 29, parade down Duval Street, Key West's main drag. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Fantasy Fest revelers, subscribing to the festival's "Aquatic Afrolic" theme walk in the Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade5 Fantasy Fest revelers, subscribing to the festival's "Aquatic Afrolic" theme walk in the Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Participants of the "Aquatic Afrolic" had a blast showing off their costumes. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade4 Participants of the "Aquatic Afrolic" had a blast showing off their costumes. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
There were many colors and various costumes to look at at the event. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade3 There were many colors and various costumes to look at at the event. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Some participants were really in character for the event. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade2 Some participants were really in character for the event. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Some costumes were perfect for the Halloween weekend. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
pet masquerade1 Some costumes were perfect for the Halloween weekend. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Daniel Bitnar moves on stage during the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise costume competition Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011,  in Key West, Fla. Bitnar won the individual amateur division with his "Poseidon God of the Seas" creation. The contest was one of about 50 events during Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration set to conclude Sunday, Oct. 30.   (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Pretenders4 Daniel Bitnar moves on stage during the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise costume competition Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Key West, Fla. Bitnar won the individual amateur division with his "Poseidon God of the Seas" creation. The contest was one of about 50 events during Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration set to conclude Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Sharon Moore, left, and her friends work their "Octopi of the Key West Lagoon" creation during the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise costume contest Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Key West, Fla. Fabricated of painted bed linens and PVC piping, the entry won the Group Amateur division of the competition staged as a facet of Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest festival. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Pretenders3 Sharon Moore, left, and her friends work their "Octopi of the Key West Lagoon" creation during the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise costume contest Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Key West, Fla. Fabricated of painted bed linens and PVC piping, the entry won the Group Amateur division of the competition staged as a facet of Key West's 10-day Fantasy Fest festival. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Greg Donlon walks in his "Aquaman" garb following the end of the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise costume contest Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Key West, Fla. Donlon fabricated the four-sided aquarium at his Taylorsville, Ky., home and transported it and the live fish to Key West. The event was a facet of the 10-day Fantasy Fest celebration set to end Sunday, Oct. 30.  (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Pretenders2 Greg Donlon walks in his "Aquaman" garb following the end of the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise costume contest Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Key West, Fla. Donlon fabricated the four-sided aquarium at his Taylorsville, Ky., home and transported it and the live fish to Key West. The event was a facet of the 10-day Fantasy Fest celebration set to end Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Susann D'Antonio, left, and her husband Bobby, showcase their "Neptune's Reef" winning entry during the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise Costume Competition Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The contest was one of about 50 events during Key West's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration set to end Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Pretenders1 Susann D'Antonio, left, and her husband Bobby, showcase their "Neptune's Reef" winning entry during the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise Costume Competition Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The contest was one of about 50 events during Key West's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration set to end Sunday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
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