Christopher Elwell and Anne O’Shea are the king and queen of the 2010 Fantasy Fest, Key West’s annual 10-day costuming and masking festival that continues through Halloween. The announcement was made Friday night at the Southernmost Beach Café, venue for the royal coronation, the festival’s kickoff event. Elwell and O’Shea posted the largest percentage of more than $207,000 that candidates amassed during two months of campaigning for the crown with proceeds benefitting the Keys’ AIDS Help organization.
“Having the crown placed on my head was an unbelievable feeling,” said Elwell, who was born in the Florida Keys. “I was touched over and over again by the love and support of this community.”
O’Shea, an executive producer of the 2010 movie “The Kids Are All Right,” was motivated to compete for queen by the death of her 30-year friend Bob Mitchell.
“I believe that had Bob had an AIDS Help, he’d still be alive,” wrote O’Shea on her campaign website. “He wouldn’t have died, hopeless and alone. “But maybe I can make a difference in the lives of others,” she wrote. O’Shea has been a fulltime Key West resident since 2006 with husband Brian Quattrini.
Themed “Habitat for Insanity,” Fantasy Fest features more than 40 events including a costume competition for pets, masquerade march and next Saturday’s grand parade down Whitehead and Duval Streets.
Christopher Elwell, left, and Anne O’Shea were crowned king and queen of the 2010 Fantasy Fest. Photo by Pete Arnow.