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Fantasy Fest festival

History

Dream Fest was started in 1979 by Bill Conkle, Tony Falcone, Joe Liszka and Frank Romano to draw in vacationers during the moderate season. Dream Fest has supported the economy on Key West by topping off inns, neighborhood bars and cafés during this time period.] In 1995 more than 60,000 individuals joined in and there were 70 buoys, groups, costumed gatherings and “imprecision drill groups” in the motorcade. In 2001 Fantasy Fest was assessed to bring $35 million to the area every year. The occasion has heightened to a ten-day festivity that incorporates balls, a motorcade, outfit rivalries, AIDS pledge drives, body painting, cross dresser challenges, ensemble gatherings, liquor, and pet and neighborhood marches for the entire family.

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The feature of Fantasy Fest is its motorcade highlighting funny buoys, including one conveying the yearly chosen Conch King and Queen. The buoys can be very detailed; expenses can be $10,000 to $15,000.[5] The cost for the buoys is conceived completely by the member gatherings and their patrons. As of late, participation at Fantasy Fest has outperformed 100,000 individuals, or multiple occasions the number of inhabitants in the island itself.

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In October 2005, the occasion was delayed due to pulverization created on the island by Hurricane Wilma; rather than being held at its typical time near Halloween, it was moved to December and commended not long before Christmas. The topic that year was “Oddities, Geeks and Goddesse

FANTASY FEST BACKGROUND

Dream Fest is a yearly 10-day party in heaven for adults. Begun in 1979 by a little gathering of Key West local people, the gathering was made to get guests to the island what was an ordinarily peaceful, yet excellent season. It worked. Dream Fest has developed each year since its origin and is currently the most stunning spectacle around! Carefree revelers from around the world bring their innovativeness and minds as they plummet upon Key West every year in October for 10 days loaded up with costuming, marches, drinks, and energy!

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bud Light

Every year, the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade twists through the world-celebrated Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Richly improved buoys and hotsy totsy costumed characters engage countless onlookers in the chief Fantasy Fest occasion. With the current year’s “The Roaring 2020’s” topic, you can expect that the 2020 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade will make them move the Charleston with every one of your companions! The motorcade is a marvelous moving gathering that would even astonish Gatsby with glides, strolling gatherings, and even bike detachments and human-controlled active machines. Imagine your preferred 1920’s popular, infamous, and adored characters with themed settings and outfits, swing moving and sticking to jazz down Duval Street!

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STREET FAIR 2019

Do you love a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” presented Jimmy Buffet style? Are a “Material Girl” like Madonna? Advance toward the Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Find craftsmans and food merchants along renowned Duval Street, including both nearby and away sellers.

A pleasant shopping and eating experience, the road reasonable highlights Caribbean feasts, food trucks, and different indulgences. Find unconventional artworks, unique fortunes, or the perfect accomplice to arrange your outfit – regardless, you’ll have some good times looking.

It’s likewise an opportunity to flaunt your ensemble and walk around Duval Street like you’ve never observed it. Eat and drink however much you might want. The ever-changing assortment of merchants, accomplices and entertainers set up along Key West’s most mystical mile will keep you engaged for a considerable length of time. The road reasonable runs from early afternoon until late, while the squares somewhere in the range of 200 and 300 Duval remain open later to prop the gathering up.

PAST FANTASY FEST THEMES

  • 1979 Old Key West
  • 1980 House of Horrors
  • 1981 Va Va Voom
  • 1982 Carnival
  • 1983 Plays of Tennessee Williams
  • 1984 50 Years of Film Fantasy™
  • 1985 Broadway Fantasies™
  • 1986 Fantasy in Space™
  • 1987 Halloween with a Key West Flair™
  • 1988 Fantasy Fest B.C.™ – 10th Anniversary
  • 1989 Future Fantasies 2089™
  • 1990 Caribbean Fantasies™
  • 1991 Junglemania™
  • 1992 Halloween in the Devil’s Triangle™
  • 1993 Lost in the ’60’s™
  • 1994 Mystical Myths and Twisted Tales™
  • 1995 Tinseltown Dreams™
  • 1996 Call of the Wild™
  • 1997 TV Jeebies™
  • 1998 Fright Night on Bone Island™
  • 1999 www.warptime.net™
  • 2000 Circuses and Sideshows™
  • 2001 Secrets of the Zodiac Revealed™
  • 2002 Mystical Mornings/Monsterious Nights™
  • 2003 Daze of Futures Past— 25 Years of Fantasy™
  • 2004 Delirious Dreams and Hilarious Screams™
  • 2005 Freaks, Geeks and Goddesses™
  • 2006 Key Weird on the Dis-Oriented Express™
  • 2007 Gnomes, Toads and White Rabbit Tea Parties™
  • 2008 Pirates, Pundits and Political Party Animals™
  • 2009 Villains, Vixens, and Vampires™
  • 2010 Habitat for Insanity™
  • 2011 Aquatic Afrolic™
  • 2012 A-Conch-Alypse™
  • 2013 Super Heroes, Villains & Beyond™
  • 2014 Animéted Dreams and Adventures™
  • 2015 All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show™
  • 2016 Political Voodoo & Ballot Box Barbarians™
  • 2017 Time Travel Unravels™
  • 2018 Oh…The Games We Play™
  • 2019 In Tune But Off Key: Celebrating 40 Years of Fantasy™

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