Crescent City Plans Tribute to Chewbacca
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a Mardi Gras parading organization inspired by the Star Wars movie franchise, plans a memorial procession for the late Peter Mayhew who died April 30. Mahew was the towering British actor who played Chewbacca, Han Solo’s curmudgeonly canine sidekick in the original 1970s-80s film series. Mahew rode in the annual Chewbacchus Carnival parade in 2013, thereby becoming particularly beloved to Crescent City fans.
The Mayhew memorial march is planned for May the 4th, a date embraced by Star Wars fans because of the films’ tag line: “May the force be with you.”
A post on the Chewbacchus Twitter feed outlined the memorial plan: “We will gather at Dat Dog (601 Frenchmen St.) at 7 p.m. and toast Peter between 7:50 – 8 p.m. Our procession will begin at 8:30 p.m. We will travel down Frenchmen Street led by the Browncoat Brass Band to Dragon’s Den (435 Esplanade Ave.) to begin our May the Fourth celebrations. Come in costume or come from Jazz Fest and celebrate with Chewbacchus the life and legacy of Peter Mayhew.”
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