The fall has traditionally been a slow period for tourism in Key West. To help stimulate the local economy during this time, two businessmen back in 1979 held the very first Fantasy Fest in October. Since that time Fantasy Fest grown into a ten day celebration that includes balls, a parade, costume parties and competitions, fundraisers, body painting, drag queen contests, copious amounts of drinking, and pet and neighborhood activities for the family. All the revelry fits in perfectly with the Halloween season. This Mardi Gras style event draws folks from all over the country. Fantasy Fest has surpassed 100,000 in attendance and it continues to grow. The main event of the festival is the parade which features floats and is preside over by the annually elect Fantasy Fest King and Queen.