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Raining cats and dogs, so Fantasy Fest pet parade canceled

Rain forced organizers of the Pet Masquerade and Parade, part of Fantasy Fest in Key West, to cancel their outside event late Wednesday afternoon, but organizers said they would examine options on Thursday to reschedule the fur and feather contest at the Casa Marina before Fantasy Fest ends Sunday.

Organizers of Key West's annual costuming and masking festival say Fantasy Fest is continuing despite a short-term weather forecast that projects high chances of rainfall through Friday morning.

Fantasy Fest Director Linda O'Brien said most other events remain scheduled, adding many are indoors and should not be impacted by precipitation. The Key West National Weather Service office forecast for Saturday is for mostly sunny skies, with only a 10 percent chance of rain for the festival's highlight event, Saturday evening's Fantasy Fest Parade.

Through Friday, decisions regarding other outdoor events are being made on a case-by-case basis.