KEY WEST, Fla. — The weekend after the royal wedding, “Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge,” ruled on Key West’s famed Duval Street — while riding on a decorated bed on wheels during the madcap Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race.
Actually Kate was Lucas Czajkowski (pronounced Cha-cow-ski), who impersonated the duchess by wearing a replica of the royal bride’s blue engagement dress and waving regally to crowds as a quartet of brawny men with British flags painted on their bare chests and backs propelled the bed up the street.
Prince William, however, was nowhere to be found.
Billed as “the most fun you can have in bed with your clothes on,” the Saturday afternoon race featured 15 decorated beds, each piloted up Duval by four runners while a fifth person rode on the bed.
In addition to the royal ensemble, standout entries included beds decorated to resemble a giant chile pepper, a bull, a “Super Mario” castle and a super-sized cheeseburger.
The bed race was a highlight of the annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration. The 10-day festival, that ends Sunday, commemorates the 1982 day when the Florida Keys staged a secession from the United States following the installation of a U.S. Border Patrol blockade at the head of the island chain.