It's not just the novelty of the nudity/almost nudity that is fun. There is just a general sense of gaiety, playfulness and abandonment on the island, down near Duval Street. It feels like a lot of adults letting go and play acting. You know, sometimes being childlike, dressing in costume, and allowing yourself be free can be a very therapeutic thing to do.
Personally, I spent more time out and about in bars and on Duval Street in one week than I ever had before. We had great fun taking part in the Local's parade on Friday night. Quirky and zaniness aplenty as you would expect from inhabitants of "Key Weird". I also enjoyed Tutu Tuesday where I wore an outfit consisting of a swimsuit and tutu.
But what undoubtedly was the highlight - the main parade on Saturday night. Creative and energetic, the standard was so much higher than I was expecting...that may come from the fact that I am Irish and have seem parades in little country villages like Athboy and Trim where children parade while dressed in blue plastic bags representing their local river. Oh dear!
(Side note. Readers - If you are ever in Ireland (even Dublin) on March 17th, stay in the pub, warm by a fire and watch the St Patrick's Day parade on tv. My advice for what it is worth).
But right now my advice is, do yourself a favour and watch some videos online of the opening of the Saturday parade!
And finally... Who wants to see what I wore during the week? Yeah, a little cliche I know. It was my first Fantasy Fest, will do better next year am sure! Anyway, cliche but fun, it worked!
Middle - Local's parade
Right - Bet you didn't spot that is the same costume because of the new headpiece lol, I mixed it up while watching the Saturday night parade! :)))))
Until next year Fantasy Fest!