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Fantasy Fest is an annual Key West street party held each year during the last week of October, originally founded in 1979 by island residents Joe Liszka, Frank Romano, Tony Falcone, and Bill Conkle. Today, more than 100,000 annual visitors attend the impressive festival, which has drawn comparisons to New Orleans' iconic Mardi Gras celebration and Rio de Janeiro's annual Carnival. The 10-day celebration includes an annual parade, which showcases humorous and whimsical floats and a Conch King and Queen elected each year as part of AIDS fundraising efforts. Costume parties, drag queen contests, and body paint abound, along with special events such as an American Idol-style singing competition and a raucous bingo event. Visitors should note that while some individual events are family-friendly, most of the celebration is adult-oriented, with ample alcohol served throughout the event.
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