Yes, I know what you are thinking: Rules? What rules? There are no stinkin’ rules at Fantasy Fest! That’s what makes it so much, er, fun! Well, there are some actual law-type rules, which mainly get ignored. But I am talking more about the common sense type stuff here. I talked about it a couple of years ago, but I think most of these are still valid, so here we go:
- What happens at Fantasy Fest does not stay at Fantasy Fest. Generally it ends up on the internet. Remember that, if your boss is also your Facebook friend (or your grandmother, or whoever else should not see your photos).
- Don’t kid yourself. Body paint is not clothing.
- The night of the big parade (Saturday, Oct. 26, this year) very few restaurants are open. Plan accordingly as the line at Sandy’s can get quite long.
- Wear comfortable shoes. If you don’t want to end up like me, with broken shoes and dollar store, four-sizes-too-big pool shoes, just wear good, comfortable shoes to start with.
- Don’t bring your kids. This is not good, clean family fun. Seriously, just don’t.
- Think about your costume in advance: how will you pee? Will your mask allow drinking? These are important things and should not be an afterthought. (Last year our friends had giant conch heads that they were wearing. They had built in fans and drinking straws. That is good forward thinking.)
With some reasonable thinking, Fantasy Fest can be a great time for you. I will be at the Masquerade March tonight, and watching the parade tomorrow from a perch above Duval Street (with both air conditioning and bathrooms.) I’ll try to have some good photos for you next week.