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May 3-5, 2019
Parade Day is May 4th!
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​human-powered art sculptures take over key west!

​Festivities all weekend: Downtown Key West May 4-6, 2018!
Schedule of Events  |  Parade Route Maps | Festival  After the Parade
2018 Highlight Video of the Kinetic Weekend!
2018 Selects from Various Photographers - View All

​Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade - Saturday, May 5, 2018!
​Parade Kicks off at 5pm!

​Participants and spectators alike revel in the family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade (think art with parts that move) created in honor of the late Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanley Papio.
Want to build a Papio parade entry yourself? Human Powered Kinetic Sculpture Floats and Art Bikes can be simple, whimsical, futuristic, or fantastical—the only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). Recycling is highly encouraged, wit and humor loudly applauded. Welding, wheels, gears, wire, or glue?—it’s entirely up to you. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories, including a youth/school category. 

Maximum dimensions for the Kinetic Sculpture Floats:  
10' Wide  x  11' Tall  x  30' Long

Stay tuned to this website for updates on 2018 registration, workshops, prizes and parties.

Parade Line up Map

Join us after the parade for a festival concert at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater featuring Poi Dog Pondering

May 4th - The Art of the Parade with Steve King

Join us at the Custom House for a presentation from the King of parades. Like Stanley Papio, the parade’s namesake, Steve King is an outsider artist that has left his mark on the Key’s community through his social commentary. Over the past 15 years, his creations have featured in the annual Fantasy Fest Parade, often placing or winning the event. His spectacular Steam Punk contraption in 2016 and Sailing Boat in 2017 helped catapult the Papio Kinetic Parade into the nations eye.

Who was stanley papio ?

​If you drove through Key Largo during the 1970s, you would have passed by the 'junkyard' of metalworks artist Stanley Papio. He was described as, 'a gadfly among moths, an artist unloved in a community of artists, a true individual, as inflexible as cast iron and as hard to weld.'   READ MORE 
Papio Kinetic Skull and Crossbones T-shirt


Stanly Papio inspired T-shirts are available for purchase Friday & Saturday May 4/5th at the Custom House Museum - $20.00
Proceeds to support KWAHS's mission
Stanley Papio Sculpture Exhibit at Fort East Martello
​“Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel” is now a permanent exhibition at Key West Art & Historical Society's Fort East Martello. Featuring more than 100 of Stanley Papio's sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions. READ MORE!

​Presented by: The Key West Art & Historical Society

​PRODUCING partners: Wonderdog Studios

​The project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.