'Star Wars' stormtroopers to invade TPI's home next month
Written by Robert Niles
The one non-theme-park event I cover every year is the Rose Parade. (Hey, when you live in Pasadena, California, three blocks from the parade route, it's hard to avoid....) Actually, there's usually a theme park angle to the event, as Disney's been fielding floats for the past several years. But this year's event promises to be so over-the-top, spectacularly cheesy, that I'm getting hungry for it just typing this post.Tweet
The grand marshal for this year's parade will be George Lucas. Usually, the grand marshal rides with his/her family in some rose-draped classic car and that's it. But not George. Nope, Lucas is bringing not one, but two "Star Wars"-themed floats and, for the pièce de résistance, two hundred stormtroopers.
Even better, the troopers will be a select group of Star Wars fans, picked from among the many who have bought their own stormtrooper outfits to portray the characters at various Star Wars and science fiction conventions and other events.
It's gonna be a full-on Star Wars geek fest. Walking down my street. You gotta love this town....
Check our Rose Parade page for coverage and photos of past parades. I'll update with photos of this year's floats, under construction, a day or two before the parade.
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