El Fantasy Fest vuelve a Cayo Hueso a partir del viernes tras el cierre de COVID

Fantasy Fest is kicking off in Key West, Florida, on Friday with a full slate of events for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started more than two years ago.

The annual 10-day-long party runs through Oct. 30.

“Due to the COVID pandemic, this will be the first full Fantasy Fest since 2019,” Fantasy Fest board chair Steve Robbins said. “So I know our guests and staff are excited about getting back to the real Fantasy Fest.”

Dozens of themed events are set for the festival, including a nighttime parade featuring floats and elaborately costumed marching groups on Oct. 29. Participants are encouraged to draw costume ideas from the festival theme, “Cult Classics & Cartoon Chaos,” portraying characters inspired by favorite cartoons and television or film productions with a cult following.

Events begin Friday with a Royal Coronation Ball to crown the festival king and queen, following a campaign that awards royalty to the two individuals who raise the most money for AH Monroe, a Keys-based organization providing care, housing and education for HIV patients.

>> IN KEY WEST A MASK IS NOW REQUIRED AS SOON AS YOU WALK OUT THE DOOR OF YOUR HOUSE OR YOUR HOTEL. THE CITY JUST ANNOUNCED STRICTER MANDATES. THIS COMES AS OCTOBERu2019S ICONIC FANTASY FEST WAS CANCELED. WITH US IS THE MAYOR OF KEY WEST, TERI JOHNSTON. I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT FANTASY FEST WHICH BRINGS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR. THIS IS A CRUSHING BLOW. >> WELL, IT IS, AND IT TOOK A GREAT DEAL OF THOUGHT ON ALL OF OUR PARTS. BUT WITH THE NUMBERS SPIKING IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, PARTICULARLY IN THE SOUTH OF FLORIDA, WE THOUGHT IT WAS PRUDENT TO NOT HOST ANY EVENTS THAT WERE GOING TO GRADUATE DRAW MANGE CROWDS INTO THE CITY OF KEY WEST. SO IT WAS A DIFFICULT DECISION, BUT I DO BELIEVE IT WAS THE RIGHT ONE. >> THE FESTIVAL ISNu2019T UNTIL OCTOBER. WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE ORGANIZERS SAY, OKAY, ITu2019S THE TIME NOW TO CALL THIS OFF? >> WELL, THATu2019S JUST IT, BECAUSE IT TAKES A GREAT DEAL OF ORGANIZATION, AND WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR THIS FESTIVAL. SO WE NEEDED TO MAKE THE CALL EARLY ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO REACT TO THAT TO NOT INVEST A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY IN AN EVENT WE WERE SO UNCERTAIN OF. >> AND TODAY KEY WEST MADE SOME CHANGES WITH THE MASK MANDATES. TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS. >> WELL, WE WANTED TO MAKE IT AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE. WE WANTED TO SAY, FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED A MASK. WE KNOW THEY WORK. THEY WORK INSIDE AND THEY WORK OUTSIDE, SO WE HAVE SIMPLIFIED OUR MASK ORDINANCE TO SAY THAT WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR HOUSE, PUT ON A MASK. WHETHER YOUu2019RE SOCIAL DISTANCING OR NOT, WHEN YOUu2019RE INSIDE A RESTAURANT OR A RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT, WEAR A MASK. THE ONLY REALLY EXEMPTION TO THAT, IF YOUu2019RE UNDER 6 YEARS OLD OR YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CAN LISTEN TO BUT OTHER THAN THAT, WHEN YOUu2019RE NOT EATING OR WHEN YOUu2019RE NOT HAVING A DRIN YOU ARE WEARING A MASK IN THE CITY OF KEY WEST. >> KEY WEST IS SUCH A POPULAR DESTINATION. YOU JUST MENTIONED THAT. NOW YOUu2019RE LOSING FANTASY FEST. HOW DOES KEY WEST RECOVER FINANCIALLY FROM THIS? >> WELL, I THINK WE DO ITLOWLY AND SMARTLY. WE BRING BACK SMALLER EVENTS, WE BRING BACK EVENTS WHERE YOU DONu2019T HAVE SUCH A CONGREGATION OF LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE. AND WE ARE AS SURE AS ANY OTHER MUNICIPALITY, OUR COUNTING ON THE FACT WEu2019RE GOING TO HAVE A VACCINE AT SOME POINT.”,”video_id”:”1763368515758_465″,”video_length”:”159360″,”video_provider”:”mpx”,”short_video_excerpt”:””,”mpx_download_pid_mobile_low”:””,”pid_streaming_web_mobile_low”:””,”mpx_download_pid_mobile_standard”:””,”pid_streaming_mobile_standard”:””,”alleypack_schedule_unpublish”:””,”feed_remote_id”:”mpx_1763368515758″,”feed_thumbnail_url”:””}” data-livestream=”false” data-title=”Key West’s Mask Mandate; Fantasy Fest Canceled” data-vidcid=”1:10:2261629″ data-vidurl=”https://www.nbcmiami.com/on-air/as-seen-on/key-wests-mask-mandate-fantasy-fest-canceled/2261629/” data-islead=”false” data-catnames=”{“5856″:”On Air”,”5857″:”As Seen On”,”445300″:”News”,”248″:”Local”,”2186″:”Multimedia”}” data-tagnames=”{“478559″:”coronavirus”,”4494″:”Florida Keys”,”6825″:”Key West”,”16089″:”Monroe County”}” data-customdata=”{“ContentPartner”:”None”,”Source”:”WEBFM”,”SyndicationAllowed”:”true”,”mSNVideoCategories”:”MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news”,”mSNVideoContentSupplierID”:”NBC_Local”,”mSNVideoCountry”:”us”,”subtitle”:”nosubtitle”,”uploadedByTeam”:”1″,”youtubeChannel”:”None”}” data-autoplay=”false” data-cplay=”true”>

Key West’s Caribbean roots are celebrated this weekend with a Goombay street party in historic Bahama Village. Thousands of locals, costumed as zombies, are to participate in Sunday’s Zombie Bike Ride.

Other highlights are Wednesday’s Pet Masquerade; a Thursday night toga party at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a watering hole frequented by Ernest Hemingway; next Friday’s Masquerade March; and a flamboyant Headdress Ball.

Initiated in 1979 as a way to bolster tourism revenues during a typically slow fall, Fantasy Fest accounts for some $40 million in economic impact, according to Keys tourism officials.

“Having a full-fledged Fantasy Fest also supports many not-for-profit organizations,” Robbins said. “But it’s certainly a boost to our hospitality industry.”

Descargo de responsabilidad: Este artículo puede requerir una suscripción.

Deja un comentario

es_MXEspañol de México