After that auspicious beginning, the festival became an annual extravaganza known as the perfect place to “let it all hang out.” Organizers promoted it nationwide, and visitors began flocking to Key West each October.
Eventually it grew to 10 days international media including television weatherman Willard its often risqué costume competitions,
lavish masquerade balls and grand parade that featured fabulous floats and marching groups in bright colore finery.
A past Fantasy Fest costume contest and parade featured a wacky flock of (wait for it) poultry in motion. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau).