Reed Travel Features
KEY WEST, Fla. -- "TV Jeebies," celebrating America's love
affair with television, is the theme of this year's Fantasy Fest,
slated for Oct. 17 to 26.
The Key West event is a local version of New Orleans' Mardi Gras
and Halloween. Activities include the Oct. 17 Goombay Celebration
Friday in Bahama Village, a two-day event with calypso music,
island food and arts and crafts. On the same night, a two-month
fund-raising effort on behalf of AIDS Help concludes with the
selection of the Fantasy Fest King and Queen ceremony at the Key
West Hilton Resort and Marina.
Elaborate masked balls are scheduled for Oct. 18 at La Te Da and
Oct. 20 at Club Epoch.
The Pet Masquerade and Parade, both slated for Oct. 22, are to
be held at Marriott's Casa Marina Resort. Here, four-footed animals
and birds -- as well as their owners -- compete in costume. Later
that night, the Celebrities Look-Alike Contest will take place at
the Holiday Inn La Concha, followed by the Baywatch Beach Party at
the Hog's Breath Saloon.
On Oct. 23, the Boob Tube Babes tea dance and competition will
be staged at the Atlantic Shores. Also that evening, Sloppy Joe's
and the Green Parrot taverns will have a Toga Party and Happy Days
Costume Party, respectively. Another event on the evening of Oct.
23, hosted by the Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa, is the
Pretenders in Paradise costume competition, in which designers from
around the world are represented.
"TV Jeebies" begins with the Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Oct.
24, marked by foods and the crafts of artisans and mask makers from
around the U.S. Complementing the street fair is the 801 Pub's Tea
Dance in the Street. The procession ends at the pier at the Ocean
Key House Resort. At sunset, the costumed contestants vie for
prizes in the Masquerade Fantasies Costume Competition.
The Coors Light Fantasy Fest Parade, Oct. 25 along Duval Street,
is the highlight of the celebration and features floats, bands and
dancing groups. Before the main event, the Duval Street Promenade
is the setting for purveyors of local delicacies and local
performers (both professional singers and dancers). La Te Da's Tea
Dance in the Street is held then, as well.
The festival concludes Oct. 26 with Children's Day at Bayview
For a brochure, contact the Key West Visitors Bureau, (800)
LAST-KEY or (305) 294-2587. The Web site address is