The Fantasy Fest costuming and masking celebration continues in Key West following an offbeat competition for pets and their owners.
Dogs, cats, a hedgehog, a rooster and even a 10-year-old sloth garbed as a prison inmate competed in Wednesday evening’s Pet Masquerade, promenading across an oceanfront stage before about 1,000 spectators.
Entries included two Chihuahuas dressed as silver-suited spacemen, a Dalmatian whose “look-alike” owner pedaled a bicycle portraying a fire engine and a Labrador retriever wearing a faux lion’s mane who with his owner protested the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.
The celebration runs through Sunday. There are more than 50 events including a Headdress Ball, a masquerade march beginning at a local cemetery and Saturday night’s decadent highlight parade expected to attract more than 60,000 revelers.