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The heavenly town of Key West is only a few hours by car from Miami. During Fantasy Fest, which is celebrated during the last week of October, the white beaches and picturesque streets are transformed into a sea of partying people. The festival is known for its lavish costumes, masked balls and colourful parades. Fantasy Fest is the equivalent to the carnival celebrations in the Caribbean and is also called the Mardi Gras of Florida.
In summer, tourists pour into this region, but when autumn rolls around things get pretty quiet in Key West. In 1979, 2 local businessmen had an idea to shake things up a little: they decided to organise a festival to attract more people. With support from the city, the first Fantasy Fest was held 36 years ago.