Much fun! Fantasy Fest was a blast. The experience cannot be compared to carnival in Brazil. The approach is different. There are lots of crazy people here, many naked. In Brazil, carnival is more sensual and with more lively music playing, I’d say.
The float I was part of had the theme of Revolutionaries, Proletariat, Dictators in the Revolutionary Tea Party. It was the only one satirizing politics. Well, I figured out that every dictator had a latin lover, so I decided to dress up as a Latin Lover Queen. Fun to shop around for the accessories to embellish my character. The group was varied. There were all kinds of revolutionaries, warriors, dictators… Before, during and after the parade I had a great time. Never had it been so easy to take interesting photos from different angles. Amazing how creative, wild and crazy revelers in Key West can get this time of the year. There were thousands in the crowd dressed up, dressed down, or bare!
The funny part is that it’s all about the beads. Yes, those beaded necklaces! People go crazy about them. The ones who get the most are the most popular. In fact, I had to fake innocence, for the whole thing with the beads is that you need to show hidden, intimate parts of your body (guess what for women and for men?!) to exchange the beads. During the parade, every single float member threw tons of colorful beads to the crowd. In our case, they begged and screamed “Castro, Castro, Castro”. Castro in the car, and Castro with his nurse waving to the audience caused a sensation on Duval Street.
Fantasy Fest is a must-go celebration in Key West! I just loved the whole adventure of parading, throwing beads, meeting friends watching us, and walking home with friends at 2:00 in the morning.
Life can be really fun 90 miles from Cuba!