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Star Wars on Parade

Published December 29, 2006 in Entertainment
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
Star Wars Parade Storm Troopers March
Once you've seen ten Tournament of Roses Parades you have seen them all. I had planned on missing the show for 2007 by either sleeping in or hitting the slopes, but plans could change thanks to a couple hundred Storm Troopers who are looking to invade, I mean march in the ceremony.

Star Wars Float to Appear at the Tournament of Roses Parade

Some would say this is long overdue, while others may call it crazy. But no matter what kind of Star Wars fan you are, George Lucas is ready to give a little something back -- other than a refund for Phantom Menace -- in the upcoming Tournament of Roses. The director has recently picked up 200 members of the 501st Legion, a group of hardcore Star Wars fans whose numbers not only reach 3,500, but they can also be counted on for showing up to major events decked out in full costume. Although the group of fans is unaffiliated with Lucasfilm, the company sometimes uses the group and their exact replicas at its official events.

"When we were releasing Episode III around the world, we'd call up the local garrison and ask them to provide some atmosphere and color around the premiere," said Tom Warner, Lucasfilm's senior director of marketing. "George was so impressed with these guys -- with their dedication and professionalism -- he wanted to do something to get recognition for them."

Lucasfilm held auditions to find the top 200 marchers in the 501st Legion and will pay for each selected member's flight and accommodations. 80% are expected to arrive as your usual Storm Troopers while the rest will be dressed as snowtroopers, sandtroopers and biker scouts.

The Storm Troopers will find their beat thanks to the Grambling State U. marching band from Louisiana. All 176 band members will also follow theme by dressing up as Imperial officers.

We are already told that the band will play the Main Title, Imperial March and The Throne Room. Don't expect the music to be exact, however, as Warner promises a 'New Orleans twist.' Personally, I would have loved to hear The Asteroid Field from Empire Strikes Back.

The Star Wars floats will be accompanied with Twi'lek dancers as well.

Stay tuned for updates.

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Sources: Image property of respective holders, Variety.

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