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Fantasy Fest Canceled Because of COVID-19 Concerns

The organizers of Key West’s Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival announced today that the 2020 festival, originally scheduled Oct. 16-25, would be canceled to protect against the potential spread of COVID-19.

“With the changing COVID-19 regulations, increasing cases and current CDC guidelines, we have agreed that the most responsible decision we can make is not to host Fantasy Fest in 2020,” said festival director Nadene Grossman Orr.

“This was a joint decision with our board of directors and Key West city officials, but it was not an easy one since our island community and its workforce depend on revenue generated during Fantasy Fest,” Grossman Orr said.

The festival typically draws about 60,000 people to Key West’s Duval Street for its highlight parade, as well as several thousand for its annual Masquerade March, Zombie Bike Ride, street fair and costume competitions.

According to tourism officials, Fantasy Fest results in some $30 million in annual revenues for the Keys, where nearly 50 percent of the local workforce is employed in tourism-related businesses.
Grossman Orr said festival organizers have created the Fantasy Fest Fund that will work with community-based organizations to raise money for distribution to local workers in need.

Fantasy Fest 2021 is scheduled Oct. 22-31, 2021. | Fantasy Fest information: fantasyfest.com

Key West is just a short and picturesque drive from Miami, Florida down US-1. The Florida Keys hold a lot of treasures for the traveler. The islands offer a tropical blend of azure waters, tropical foliage, Key West Restaurants with fresh seafood available daily, and Key West lodging for any budget, some with a history of notorious and notable figures.

The laid back lifestyle, southern charm and Caribbean flavor are what make Key West what it is today. Figures throughout history have visited Key West, some making it their permanent home for a while, others enjoying the tropical climate while they escape the harsh winter.

The laid back lifestyle, southern charm and Caribbean flavor are what make Key West what it is today. Figures throughout history have visited Key West, some making it their permanent home for a while, others enjoying the tropical climate while they escape the harsh winter.

Key West has a lot to offer tourists from around the globe. Our Key West hotels offer a broad range of amenities.

While some visitors may enjoy a quaint bed and breakfast or guesthouse tucked away on an Old Town Key West lane, others love to be pampered and would enjoy one of the waterfront resorts and luxury hotels that dot the island. Of course Key West also has a few chain hotels to suit travelers looking to just make a quick weekend getaway.

Key West has plenty of things to do. World class fishing exists both on the shallow water flats and in the deep blue sea beyond our barrier coral reef. The shallow flats offer tarpon, bonefish, permit and barracuda plus many other species to take a cast at. The offshore waters hold plenty of opportunities for sport fishing for sailfish, wahoo, tuna, dolphin, marlin, snapper and grouper.

Plenty of other opportunities to get out on the water are also available. Dolphin watch tours, jet skis, parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, and sunset cruises are all available year round.

Key West is a great place to experience diving for the first time, or snorkel and view many species of fish and coral on the only coral reef in North America.

The sun drenched hospitality of our island will charm you. It has already made more than one million people come back and visit each year.

The city carries the creative torch of such former residents as Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and past presidents.