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Monday, March 16, 2015

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus invades shoebox territory

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM

click to enlarge Ryan Ballard's mini-keg-equipped mini float featuring Star Wars characters and vehicles.
  • Ryan Ballard's mini-keg-equipped mini float featuring Star Wars characters and vehicles.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus enjoyed a long and spirited procession in the Bywater and Marigny on Feb. 7, during the first weekend of New Orleans' official parade calendar. The alliance of sci-fi themed (Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc.) costuming krewes paraded hours after the arty shoebox float parade ’tit Rex

The Chewbacchanalians have announced the creation of their own shoebox float event: Shoeboxus. Scheduled for International Star Wars Day, May 4, the event will feature shoebox floats made by children and will benefit art programs for disadvantaged youth, says Chewbacchus cofounder Ryan Ballard.

The event is at 6 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Castillo Blanco (4321 St. Claude Ave.), the Krewe of Chewbacchus' den and home. There will be art on display from students at Martin Behrman Elementary. Anyone can build a float and participate in the parade. Admission is free. V

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