Fantasy Fest started in 1979 by a small group of Florida Key West locals.
The party was created to bring visitors to the island in what was a typically quiet, but beautiful season. It worked. Fantasy Fest has grown every year since its inception and is now the wildest extravaganza around.
Fun-loving revelers from around the globe leave their children and inhibitions behind as they descend upon Key West each year in October for 10 days filled with costuming, parades, libations, and excitement!
Each year, Fantasy Fest adopts a theme to help inspire fun costuming and amazing parade floats. The current theme is Animeted Dreams & Adventures.
Also this year, two fighters for the Florida Keys' same-sex marriage equality led Saturday night's lavish Fantasy Fest Parade. Grand marshals Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones won a landmark court ruling overturning Florida's statewide same-sex marriage ban for Florida Keys residents.