Parade Draws Tens of Thousands as Key West’s Fantasy Fest Comes to a Close

The festival ends Sunday night.

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Tens of thousands of revelers gathered in bizarre costumes for the annual Fantasy Fest parade in Key West.

The parade took over Duval Street Saturday night with more than 40 motorized floats, bands and marching groups crowding the road.

Leading the pack was endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, who recently became the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West without a protective shark cage. She sat on a float shaped like Key West's Southernmost Point marker, surrounded by marchers dressed as jellyfish.

Several floats and marchers embodied the theme of this year's festival, "Super Heroes, Villains… & Beyond," including a group of Wonder Women dancers, Transformers in elaborate robot costumes and a Batman that hovered over a 40-foot Gotham City float.

Paraders also memorialized "Heroes to Zeros" on a float that poked fun at professional sports players that use steroids. The float featured a giant syringe and a group of nurses and baseball players.

The festival ends Sunday with "The Fat Lady Sings" Tea Dance at La Te Da from 4 - 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.

While the fun is almost over this year, it's not too late to start planning for the next Fantasy Fest. Next year's fest theme will be "Animéted Dreams & Adventures" and it is scheduled to take place Oct. 17-26.

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