SUPERHEROSVILLAINS & BEYOND is in full swing right now!!!

Have you ever been to Fantasy Fest?

If you have, then you know just how much of a good time can be had.

If not, what’s keeping you???

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It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of Key West event!

Although, for many, it’s a yearly event!

Now … for those of you who think it’s all about naked people …GUESS AGAIN!!!

Yes, there are exposed body parts … but there has to be some covering of strategic areas.
I’ve seen some of the most exquisite body painting.
It’s artwork!

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Actually, the Key West Police have posted guidelines (actually laws and you will be hauled off after a warning or 2 to cover up – and yes, I’ve seen it happen) and it’s to your advantage to read them BEFORE you start making your costumes.  But, for the most part….ANYTHING GOES!!!

It’s all in fun … the parties, costumes, parades, music.  It’s rowdy, crowded (especially on the final weekend for the big parade), boisterous, with the air filled with laughter.  It’s impossible to attend and not be happy!

It’s a 2 week long PARTY!  Starting with Bahama Village Goombay Festival (this year on Friday the 18th) and ending on Sunday the 27th with “The Fat Lady Sings” Tea Dance at La Te Da, it’s 14 days of fun events.  You decide whether you want to “dress up” or not.  But the “dressing” is half the fun!  There are plaid parties, red parties, green parties, pirate parties … and the list goes on and on!

Here’s the link for the Schedule of Eventshttp://www.fantasyfest.com/schedule.cfm

As far as those Key West Police guidelines, this was copied directly from their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/key-west-police-department/106027526095494


KEY WEST POLICE DEPARTMENT

Key West’s biggest party of the year has begun. While you’re busy putting the finishing touches on your costume, it’s good to remember a few crucial pointers.
o Public nudity: is absolutely prohibited in Key West. Male and female genitalia must not be exposed. Female breasts cannot be exposed. Breasts painted with body paint will only be considered as covered within the Fantasy Zone. Body paint cannot be applied in public; it must be applied in an enclosed area, out of the public view. Sex acts in public are absolutely prohibited.
o Fantasy Zone: All of Duval Street, and the streets that cross it. Those cross streets are only considered part of the Fantasy Zone between Whitehead and Simonton streets.
o Artificial or toy weapons: You’re better off not using them at all. But if your costume simply must have one, make sure it’s clearly a fake. Law enforcement officers will be watching for anything resembling a weapon, from water guns to artificial swords or knives. Replica weaponry may be confiscated. In addition, laser pointers are not allowed during the event, and they too may be confiscated.
o Backpacks and coolers: are discouraged in the Fantasy Zone.
o Masquerade March: On Friday, Oct. 25th, the Masquerade March takes two routes leaving the City Cemetery at 5 p.m. and arriving on Duval Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. The streets are not closed along these routes so motorists can expect delays and are advised to take alternate routes. Revelers are reminded that nudity is absolutely prohibited during this event.o Street Closures: To accommodate the many street activities during the festival, several areas are closed during the week including the following:

o Friday: Duval Street will be closed from Front to South St. for the street fair beginning at noon.

o Saturday: Beginning at 10 a.m., Duval St. is closed from Front to United St. Beginning at 4 p.m. until the parade ends, Whitehead Street will be closed from Southard to Front. The parade begins at 7 p.m. and ends around 11 p.m. Streets will stay closed until the police Department decides it is safe to reopen them.

Fantasy Fest has a tradition of being a fun and peaceful party, and the Key West Police Department is looking forward to continuing that tradition. We will have extra officers on duty. In addition, other members of the law enforcement community, including the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, and the Orange County Mounted Unit will be on hand to help ensure a safe event.

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There’s even a free Saturday shuttle  (on parade day…err … night) since parking is at a premium.  The info is here:  http://www.keywestcity.com/eGov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=11
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A word of caution here – even though it’s a time of merriment, there are still some unscrupulous folks (a minority – yes – but still around) out there who would love to take advantage of you (as there are at any major event).  Please keep your wits about you and keep you wallet/money/purse even closer.  Take only the essentials with you and leave the rest in your hotel safe or at home.

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I know that it’s too late for most of you to attend this year, but it’s not too early to start planning for next year!  And I mean that sincerely.   Rooms get sold out within a month or 2 after this years’ Fantasy Fest ends, so bookmark this page for all your info for next year!!!

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