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Key West prepares for massive street party

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This October, the streets of Key West, Florida, USA will once again light up with colourful costumes and upbeat music, as the island celebrates its annual Fantasy Fest.

Running for a whole ten days, the unique street party features a fantastic parade with numerous floats and amazing costumes, a competition culminating in the crowning of the ‘Conch King and Queen’ at a Coronation Ball, costume contests both for people and for pets and a street fair.

The event has been held annually since 1979, when two entrepeneurs organised a party to encourage business in the area. Today the Fantasy Fest is huge, and draws in crowds of over 100,000 people, which is more than three times the population of the island. It raises vast amounts of money for charity: in 2007, Conch King and Queen contestants raised over 200,000 dollars for Aids charities, and since 1989 the contests have raised almost 2.6 million dollars.

A fantastic destination, the festival is a chance for the whole family to have fun and let their hair down. It would be hard to find a street party as popular as this one anywhere else in the world! The weather at this time of year is hot and sunny, and the atmosphere is electric. This beautiful island is the perfect setting for the festival, with its breath-taking beaches and spectacular sunsets. While visiting Key West, guests will not be disappointed by the huge selection of restaurants, bars and entertainment on offer.