Fantasy Fest Parade Draws 60,000 Revelers in Bizarre Costumes

Key West's crazy Fantasy Fest took over Duval Street late Saturday for the annual parade. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27.

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Feathered dancers prance down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. The annual festival originated in 1979 and has matured into the Florida Keys largest special event, accounting for some $30 million in revenues according to local tourism officials.
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Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who recently swam from Cuba to Key West, Fla., rides atop the grand marshal float during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Key West, Fla. The procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. The parade attracted some 60,000 people, organizers said, and subscribed to the festival's theme of "Super Heroes, Villains... & Beyond."
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A person portraying Batman rises high above Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. This year's festival's theme is "Super Heroes, Villains... & Beyond."
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A costumed reveler participates in the Fantasy Fest Parade down Duval Street late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Key West, Fla. The procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. The parade attracted some 60,000 people, organizers said, and subscribed to the festival's theme of "Super Heroes, Villains... & Beyond."
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Feathered dancers prance down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. The annual festival originated in 1979 and has matured into the Florida Keys largest special event, accounting for some $30 million in revenues according to local tourism officials.
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A float rolls down Duval Street during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Key West, Fla. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. This year's festival theme is "Super Heroes, Villains... & Beyond."
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A rooster-riding reveler proceeds down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. . Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. Key West is known for its free-roaming chickens.
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A person portraying Batman rises high above Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. This year's festival's theme is "Super Heroes, Villains... & Beyond."
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Bizarre-garbed revelers strut down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27.
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The Sand Trap monster float rolls down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27.
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The Captain Morgan float rolls down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. . Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. Captain Morgan Rum is the parade's sponsor.
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Revelers on a float roll down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27.
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Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau
Bizarre-garbed revelers strut down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Attracting some 60,000 people, the procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27.
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