Fantasy Fest attracts creative costumes to Key West

Festival will include events for children, pets

KEY WEST, Fla. - Key West's annual decadent costuming festival continues with some 60,000 revelers expected for Saturday night's highlight parade.

Although most Fantasy Fest events are adult-oriented, several are appropriate for youngsters, including Wednesday evening's Pet Masquerade, where many dressed-up animals subscribed to the festival theme of "Super Heroes, Villains... & Beyond."

Standout entries included a feline "vampire" reclining in a fake coffin, a superhero ensemble featuring a husky dog actually named Batman, and six glamorously-garbed people and pooches spoofing the "Real Housewives" television shows.

Two entries included small dogs costumed as Diana Nyad, who recently swam from Cuba to Key West, "menaced" by humans dressed as jellyfish. The real Nyad is to lead Saturday's parade.

Fantasy Fest runs through Sunday with events including a masquerade march through Key West's historic district.

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