And trying to get the paraders' attention and getting them to move is like herding cats.
From Key West 2011
It's slower than molasses trying to move the crowd during Fantasy Fest.
This is the locals parade.
Sunset sails are available for hire. If you're lucky, it won't be cloudy.
One of the watering stations at the locals parade. The people in blue are volunteer staffers.
Sitting on the dock at sundown is an old and honored tradition at Key West, no matter the time of year. Here, the sun is piped down.
Isn't it always?
A sunset sail
Thurston Howell III
Lots of seats for rent if you want to watch the parade from the safety of the Women's League lawn.
Just a group out for a snack.
There's a red day during the week.
Everybody wants to get into the act.
Arrrr, matey! Shiver me timbers.
Everybody's a photographer at Fantasy Fest.
Fantasy Fest is covered by stations in Florida.
Not just spectators.
The band at the local's parade.
There's a head dress competition.
Usually you don't see trash like this, and it was cleaned up before long.
The feathered avenger wears a mask.
The gang from Gilligan's Island dropped by.
Early for the parade.
Ed Hardy zombie.
A lovely curtsey.
The DJ for one of the street parties outside our hotel.
The Conch Republic. Unfortunately, they were never open when we were there.
Several cruise ships stop by during Fantasy Fest, some for several hours, some for less time than that.
Best way to have your baby ride your bike.
Someone is missing a point somewhere.
From Key West's museum. I really like their sculpture garden.
Those apostrophe's are killers.
The theme in 2011 was Aquatic Afrolic, apparently sponsored by Bud Light.
One of the entertainers during the sunset time.
From Key West 2012
A sunset sailboat goes by. I recommend mousing over the video above and selecting 720p and full screen to appreciate the gradations and glowing clouds.
The zombie lurch.
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Transportation on Duvall Street.
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Spectating the sunset performers.
Cuba before and after.
Puppies! Awww ... .
The end of the locals parade on Friday night at the Hogs Breath Bar.
Politics on Key West.
Louise gets a henna tattoo of a star.
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Our view during brunch. At 720p and full-screen, you'll think you're there.