Huge Party Brings Tourists Back To Florida Keys In A Huge Celebration
The party is back on in Key West, Florida.
Hurricane Irma did its damage to the Conch Republic and to the Keys in particular, but it could not damage the biggest fall event in the area, a party known as Fantasy Fest.
This pre-Halloween and Halloween-ish multi=day event goes from Oct. 20-29 in Key West. Created some time ago to bring tourists to the town in one of its traditional down times, it has succeeded spectacularly and brings tens of thousands of visitors to Key West.
The event’s highlight, a parade down Duval Street on Saturday, Oct, 29, will have close to 70,000 people.
It has been just a month and a half since Irma smashed the Keys. While Key West was spared the bulk of the hurricane’s rampage, several homes and businesses were flooded or experienced some type of damage.
What had the largest impact was the fact Key West was without power for several weeks and was closed to visitors. The town relies on tourism to provide the bulk of its revenue and with nobody in town the bars, restaurants and shops, as well as the people who own and work in them, took a huge hit.
That is why having Fantasy Fest for a week is such a huge deal for everyone in Key West.
And it will be a party, perhaps even a little bigger than in the past because it will also be a celebration.
“Irma is not invited,” Fantasy Fest officials posted on the event’s website shortly after the hurricane departed and it was clear the event would go on as scheduled.
For a review of Fantasy Fest with key events and dates, click here.