The WSJ suggests seven trips for intrepid travelers to enjoy cultural festivals that offer insight into far-off places at their most interesting “and sometimes strangest” times. From the Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia, which is described as “a cross between a sporting event and a fashion shoe; to a camel fair in India where thousands come to buy and sell livestock and watch camel races; to Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico featuring reenactments of funeral ceremonies along with parades, parties and musical performances, there is something for everyone.
And then there is Key West. According to the WSJ, “Key West turns extra weird during this ten-day celebration of costumes, body paint and general revelry that culminates in a parade on Duval Street that draws 70,000 people (fantasyfest.com).”
A disclaimer: Travelers beware. Dick and I tend to eschew Fantasy Fest. 70,000 bodies in sweltering tropical heat and sporting all sorts of bizarre apparel (or not) isn’t necessarily that pretty. After October 31? Enjoy!