KEY WEST (CBSMiami/FKNB) – Contestants in huge, lavish masks and headdresses — some towering far higher than their wearers — made “headlines” at Key West’s Headdress Ball, a highlight of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking celebration that continues through Sunday.READ MORE: Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie Arrested, Charged With Perjury
Many competitors in Thursday night’s event sported headdresses adorned with exotic feathers, offbeat accessories and even moving parts.
Standout entries included “Ultimate Evil,” an imposing tiger ensemble worn by Austin Ferguson of Key West, who performs as Elle Taylor. Competitor Amanda Scott of Key West was attired in a toothy “Piranha” headdress, while Jay Solley of Big Pine Key impersonated a walking board game as “Monopoly.”READ MORE: Miami Weather: Expect More Rain In The Afternoon
Virginia Wark attired as “Keyopoly” that won the Florida Keys resident top honors at the ball.
Upcoming festival events include a masquerade march that begins at the local cemetery and Saturday night’s exotic Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West’s historic downtown. Featuring elaborate floats and costumed walking groups, the parade is expected to attract some 60,000 revelers.MORE NEWS: Miami Beach Commission Appoints Alina Hudak As City Manager, First Woman To Hold The Position In The City
The Florida Keys News Bureau contributed to this report.