Keys creativity and resilience were brilliantly displayed in a pageantry of glitter, feathers, flowers and incandescent imagination Saturday night, as Key West’s Fantasy Fest parade made its way down Duval Street for the first time since 2019 and the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some three-dozen entries—with one stretching almost a full city block— competed for $20,000 in prizes, and the winners are:
The Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade is traditionally followed with announcement of the following year’s theme, which is selected through a “Call for Themes” contest. This year, Izzy Weaver of Nashville, TN, scored two seats in the judge’s stand at next year’s parade with the submission, “Uniforms & Unicorns.”
“2023 marks the 200-year anniversary of establishment of both Monroe County and Key West’s first Naval base, so our panel of judges agreed that “Uniforms & Unicorns—200 Years of Sailing into Fantasy” captured the Bicentennial of these historic events and the Keys effervescent spirit perfectly,” said Nadene Grossman Orr, Fantasy Fest Director and President/CEO of We’ve Got the Keys.
Fantasy Fest events and happenings wrapped up on Sunday with a slate of events, including Children’s Day at Bayview Park, “The Fat Lady Sings” Tea Dance at La Te Da Hotel, Restaurant, Cabaret and Bars, and several Fest finale’ pool parties held at Southernmost Beach Resort’s Pineapple Pool, the Marker Key West Harbor Resort, and Island House Key West Resort.
Fantasy Fest 2022 featured more than 80 events citywide and was presented in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Visit http://www.fantasyfest.com for photo galleries of 2022 highlights and advance 2023 festival news and information.
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