3.56pm: Attacked by birds, I retreat to the bar. That's all the live blogging for now. I need to go socialise at the party and then go on the March at 5pm. There will be loads and loads of pictures from the Masquerade March here as soon as I get back this evening, sober up, and post them. Most likely, see you tomorrow.
2.15pm Our outfit is based on Tippi Hedren from The Birds
1.13pm: Even though it's quarter past one, it's 5 o'clock somewhere. Cheers. Happy Fantasy Fest.
1pm. Before the public March at 5pm, our guesthouse - Alexanders - is having 2 pre-event parties. So it's 1 hour to go before the first one and time to pop the booze in our room (which is our pre-pre-pre event party). Please leave comment below if you are attending Fantasy Fest - would be great to hear from you.
12.08pm. It's Masquerade March day today in Key West's 2014 Fantasy Fest. Followed by Pirates. And then fetish. Normal day at the office here in Key West. Here's from the official brochure.
|Today's agenda at Fantasy Fest 2014|
11.28am Costume preparations continue. Deadline 2pm. Here is a teaser.
|Blonde wig and a blackbird - costume teaser|
Now it's time to start on the costume. Music on.....here we go...
|Bucket O'Blood - this is what we're after for Fantasy Fest costume|
|Fairvilla Key West - will be a busy shop today and tomorrow|
|Fairvilla Key West entrance|
|Rest of the store at Fairvilla Key West|
|Masquerade March morning down at the Bight. This is the most optimistic picture weather wise....|
|...this is more representative. Heavy cloud. But will it rain?|
And tomorrow for the main parade looking better.
Right, enough looking at the weather forecast. It's Key West, so anything could transpire, perspire or precipitate. We're off to Old Town get the final elements to the costume plus some other essential supplies (i.e. wine).
|Fleming Street 8.15am today. Quiet. It'll be a LOT busier at 5pm when the Masquerade March hits.|
Friday 24 October 2014: The big day has arrived. There will be lots of blogging and regular updates for the next few days so check back regularly.
First a recap on yesterday. We arrived successfully into Key West at a few minutes after 9pm. The drive from Miami was great: quiet traffic and no issues. We marvelled appropriately at the Roosevelt Boulevard new work/road! Might have taken forever, but it's worth it. The straight into Old Town to get some food before hitting the sack. No martini or partying for us tonight - just too tired and jet lagged.
Thursday was toga party night sat Sloppy Joe's so there were lots of excellent costumes in that theme. Also, already, lots and lots of bare and naked flesh on display. The "naked breast with body paint" count is high already.
The big issue for this week has been the inclement weather - the rain. The big question of course for today and tomorrow for those going in body paint only is: how will the body pain survive in the heavy rains we are expecting. Naked washout indeed.
As I write this, 8.30am - no rain but very heavy skies.
|Fantasy Fest weather 2014 - from the Citizen. Sun returns - but not until tomorrow,|
Thursday 23 October: Just like thousands of others we are making our way to Fantasy Fest 2014. Yippee! We - finally - are on our way! Currently at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 and it's five o'clock somewhere so we are having a drink to celebrate. 1 hour to boarding our British Airways flight to Miami. See you Key West in about 16 hours.
|On our way to Fantasy Fest 2014|
|Fantasy Fest costume packed in this bag!|
|Zombie Bike Ride in Key West|
I got to say the Zombie Bike Ride looks absolutely brilliant and all the locals I speak to say it's their favorite event of Fantasy Fest. So if, unlike me, you are lucky enough to already be in Key West, enjoy the zombies, and watch your backs!
Goombay looked good, great pictures from Conchscooter (as usual) on his excellent blog - and also, from him, the line of Fantasy Fest so far: "Duval Street...gets more crowded and less clothed as the week progresses. Oh dear."
|Not long to go to Fantasy Fest 2014|
|Fantasy Fest Key West|
I am visiting Key West for Fantasy Fest 2014 in October - this is the live blog of the parties, surprises, stories and debauchery. Regularly updated. See below for previous updates.