If you’ve been to Fantasy Fest you know, and if you haven’t, I’m sure you’ve heard stories..and the big one coming out of Key West today is that nudity is officially banned.
Back in December, city leaders decided that they wanted to “transform the event into a positive, clean festival enjoyed by both residents and visitors.” With that, the goal is to “increase the focus on culture, history and natural resources of Key West.”
According to Keysweekly.com, Fantasy Fest will still feature a street parade and Masquerade March, but there will not be any nudity allowed, not even in the Fantasy Zone where body painting has been allowed in past years. There also, moving forward, will be “family hours” where inappropriate costumes will be banned.
While I’m sure, in true Key West fashion, Fantasy Fest will still be a good time, it’ll definitely look a little different this year!
396521 06: Donna Trenton (L) sits as her chest is airbrushed during a Fantasy Fest October 26, 2001 in Key West, FL. The costume and mask event lasts 10 days. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
KEY WEST, FL - OCTOBER 27: Revelers dressed in costumes participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March October 27, 2007 in Key West, Florida. The 10-day costuming and masking festival ends Sunday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
KEY WEST, FL - DECEMBER 10: In this handout photo, Lizzy Lynn of Tavernier, Florida, is photographed outside Sloppy Joe's Bar on Duval Street during the Fantasy Fest Parade December 10, 2005 in Key West, Florida. The parade culminated Key West's annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival postponed six weeks because of Hurricane Wilma. Festival officials estimated almost 40,000 revelers attended the parade. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via Getty Images)
A woman hands out beads as she walks though the streets during the Fantasy Fest Masquerade parade October 27, 2007 in Key West, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
396521 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) People dressed in costumes and body paint walk in a parade October 27, 2001 during the Key West, Florida Fantasy Fest. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Revelers participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March October 27, 2007 in Key West, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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