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Fantasy Fest draws thousands to Key West following Irma

October 27, 2017

In this Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, bicycle riders roll during the Fantasy Fest Zombie Bike Ride in Key West, Fla. The ride, which attracted thousands of locals, was one of the many events set for the island city's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking celebration that continues through Sunday, Oct. 29. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Key West’s Fantasy Fest has attracted thousands of visitors who are helping to restore the tourism-based economy following Hurricane Irma.

The 10-day festival includes a zombie bike ride, a pet parade, Friday’s masquerade march and Saturday night’s flamboyant Fantasy Fest Parade.

Florida Keys tourism revenues have been down overall since Irma pummeled the island chain on Sept. 10. Lodging facilities that are open have seen good income from recovery workers, but they typically don’t participate in fishing, diving and other activities.

Tourism brings in about $2.7 billion a year, and visitor-related jobs make up about 54 percent of the workforce.

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Online: http://www.fantasyfest.com/

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