For some Fantasy Fest is a bucket list item to be fulfilled.
For Others it is an annual pilgrimage to an exotic place.
How many people attend Fantasy Fest?
Different sources will give you different numbers. Wikipedia puts the number at over 100,00 visitors which is more than three times the population of Key West. Tourism officials estimate that the annual event brings in in approximately $30 million in revenues.
When is Fantasy Fest?
Always held the last weekend in October, Fantasy Fest has now grown in size as well as attendance. Now a ten day celebration that encompasses the Goomba Festival. Only once, in 2005 was the annual event postponed. The threat of Hurricane Wilma put a damper on the festival causing postponement until mid-December of that year.
How does Fantasy Fest compare to Mardi Gras?
Being that Fantasy Fest is so close to Halloween, many of the costume themes are adult versions of traditional kiddie Halloween Costumes. You’ll see ghosts and goblins, ghouls and zombies – with costumes of paint rather than fabric. Mardi Gras costumes tend to be more elaborate and true to the theme. Fantasy Fest is more about body paint – no need to flash em, they are already out there for all to see. So, in a nutshell – much more nudity is found at Fantasy Fest than at Mardi Gras. Being that New Orleans is not as land-locked as Key West, the potential for more parties and bigger crowds will be found at Mardi Gras.
What is the best night for Fantasy Fest?
The largest number of people come to Fantasy Fest on the final Saturday evening of the event. This is the evening of the Fantasy Fest Parade. Some regulars will avoid this evening all together because of the parade and the extreme crowds. Parties and events can be found every night of the week where some of the more popular bars and hotels have themed nights.