Where to Party: Zombies and post-apocalyptic doom at the Key West Fantasy Fest Halloween Parade

Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade (credit: Andy Newman)

Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade (credit: Andy Newman)

Florida News:  Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade is on October 27, 2012

Whether revelers are wrapped in purple octopus tentacles or costumed in fishnet as lobsters, the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade is one of the highlights during the 10-day Fantasy Fest that takes place just before Halloween. Last year, over 50,000 people watched the parade on Duval Street in Key West. This year the costuming and masking festival is apocalypse themed in light of the ancient Mayan prophecy so expect zombies and prophets of doom during the “A-Conch-Alypse” festival from October 19th to 28th.

The Parade

The parade starts at Southard and Whitehead streets and then heads toward the Gulf of Mexico on Whitehead before turning onto Front Street and then continuing for another mile on Duval till it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. There are usually street dancers, marching groups and Caribbean bands, that accompany over 50 decorated and motorized floats during the parade. From feathered costumes below to music, moving parts and light shows on the floats, it’s a flamboyant parade!

Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade (credit: Rob O'Neal)

Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade (credit: Rob O’Neal)

Grand Marshals

Each year, there are two Grand Marshals and in light of the doomsday prophecy theme that’s predicting the end of the world this December, two internationally renowned Mayan experts are the Grand Marshals. For the last 25 years, Dr. Arlen and Dr. Diane Chase have been excavating and exploring Caracol, one of  the largest Mayan cities in Central America.

Pre-parade activities

Pre-parade activities are to begin at noon Saturday with the open-air Duval Street Promenade. Its “doomsday delights” for costumed merrymakers include vendors offering masking and costuming finery, food, libations and live entertainment.


  • When: October 19 – 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Various locations in Key West
  • Cost: Depends on the event (events such as the Parade are free)

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