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Congratulations to the 38th Annual Headdress Ball – Mardi Gras Edition Winners!

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

39th Annual Headdress Ball

Gates Open at 6:30 pm. The show begins at 8 pm.

Coffee Butler Amphitheater

We are delighted to be able to return to our original time under the Fantasy Fest umbrella for our 39th annual Headdress Ball on Thursday evening, October 27 at the Coffee Butler amphitheater at 8 PM. We also return to our original table, chair, and grass seating.  See talented headdress makers compete for the first-place prize of $3,000, second place of $1,000, and $500 for third, judged from the shoulders up.  Eight great talent acts will be also featured. Laurie Thibaud of Aqua Idol fame returns as emcee.  Bar and food service during the performance – available for preorder! Proceeds from the Headdress Ball go to promote LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide to Key West.

Interested in competing?

This unique competition allows contestants to go “head to head” to impress the audience with what they’ve got from the shoulders up!

Prizes for Best Headdress: $3,000, $1,000 second, $500 third.

This is a Headdress competition and as such costumes are not considered in the awarding of points. Though the audience enjoys fully costumed entries, please note that the Judging will be done from the shoulders up! Contestants are encouraged to pre-register early. Note to contestants – please be advised that the Headdresses must be worn on the head during the competition. The headdresses can be supported on the shoulders but must remain on the head. Contestants may have an assistant on stage if needed.

Entries can include costumed “spotters” however the physical presence of the spotters cannot be required for the support of the headdress.

There is no admission fee for those entering the Headdress Ball competition.

Register here!


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