Key West's Fantasy Fest Comes to a Close

The procession attracted about 50,000 spectators.

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    Florida Keys News Bureau
    The Fantasy Fest parade

    Ten days of outrageous masquerade and costume parties are ending in Key West with a children's event.

    The adults had their fun Saturday night at a Fantasy Fest parade featuring revelers in barely-there costumes.

    The procession attracted about 50,000 spectators and more than 45 floats, bands and costumed marching groups.

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    Many entries illustrated the festival's theme, "A-Conch-Alypse," spoofing both an ancient apocalypse prophecy and the Florida Keys city where natives are called "conchs." The standout floats depicted a post-apocalyptic zombie ghost town, a mythological Atlas balancing a devastated world on his shoulders and "undead" politicos supporting "Zombiecare."

    Officials say the annual Fantasy Fest is worth about $30 million to the Florida Keys economy.

    The 2013 festival is themed "Super Heroes, Villains ... & Beyond!"

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