KEY WEST, Fla. — With Tropical Storm Rina apparently out of the picture, Key West residents and visitors are fully focused on the island city's annual Fantasy Fest celebration.
More than 50,000 people are expected for a Saturday night parade along Duval Street, Key West's main drag. It's the highlight of the decadent, 10-day costuming and masking festival.
About 1,000 people watched costumed dogs, cats, exotic birds and even goldfish compete in Wednesday evening's Pet Masquerade.
Standouts included a Great Dane portraying a Florida lobster; a Chihuahua "burro" with a tiny saddlebag carrying a bottle of tequila and a multi-person coral reef ensemble featuring a bowl with a live goldfish.
Tourism officials say Fantasy Fest brings some $30 million in revenue to the Keys.