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Key West’s wacky and decadent Fantasy Fest is in full swing

October 25, 2018
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In this Oct. 24, 2018, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Gigi, the Yorkshire terrier, struts her steam punk attire during the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade in Key West, Fla. The competition was a facet of events during the island city's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking celebration. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — It’s party time in the Florida Keys during the islands’ annual 10-day festival known as Fantasy Fest.

The fun kicked off last weekend with a coronation ball for the king and queen and culminates with a weekend parade expected to draw more than 60,000 people.

This year’s lineup has included almost 100 events, including the Zombie Bike Ride and Friday night’s Masquerade March.

Fantasy Fest began in 1979 when a small group of Key Westers were looking to bolster business between the summer and winter seasons.

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