- Associated Press - Saturday, October 18, 2014

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - The flamboyant Fantasy Fest has begun in Key West, kicking off a 10-day schedule of more than 40 costume contests, masquerades and processions.

At Friday night’s Coronation Ball, island residents Shane Hall and Mary-Lynn Price were crowned festival king and queen. Aspiring royals campaigned by raising money for the Florida Keys-based AIDS Help organization, amassing more than $229,000.

Fantasy Fest events include a costume contest for pets, a Headdress Ball and a masquerade march. The theme “Animeted Dreams & Adventures” salutes a style of Japanese film animation.

The festival’s highlight is an Oct. 25 parade. Its grand marshals will be Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who launched a landmark challenge to Florida’s same-sex marriage ban.

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Online:

Fantasy Fest: https://www.fantasyfest.com


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