THE Wookiee (AKA Bigfoot in Space) + Roman god of Wine & Revelry =
Chewbacchus Announces Royalty, Theme and Community Partnerships for their Miniature Shoeboxus Parade on “May the Fourth Be with You”
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will present the BIGGEST little Sci-Fi themed shoebox parade in the Universe, “Shoeboxus”, on International Star Wars Day, May 4th, 2015. Shoeboxus will roll with the theme “Lighten Up!” and will feature a group of 42 Redshirts parade escorts outfitted with light sabers emblazoned with the phrase.
The amazing and talented actor Drew Varick, who also happens to be 42″ tall, will be the King of the Shoeboxus Parade! D. R. Varick is a sizeless soul in an encapsulated 42″ body. Watching Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back at age 5 revealed & sealed his destiny. Drew has appeared on Cirque du Freak, American Horror Story, Conan O’Brien, Napoleonic, Journey to Promethea and more. Drew will roll in Shoeboxus in full regalia as King Yoda.
This incredible “May the Fourth Be with You” event is a collaborative effort between some of the most forward thinking community builders in the Crescent City. The mini shoebox floats are being built by students from the Talented Visual Arts program at Martin Behrman Elementary, students and artists in the KID smART program, students at several other schools and arts outreach programs throughout the city, as well as the children of Krewe of Chewbacchus members.
Adults who never grew up are welcome to build their own mini-floats too, of course. Several of the amazing groups that roll in the full-sized Chewbacchus Parade are creating adorable miniaturized versions of their amazing Chewbacchus parade contraptions that we all know and love. The Shoeboxus Parade will also feature members of the LA 501st Legion Bast Alpha Garrison in movie accurate Storm Trooper costumes.
Proceeds from Shoeboxus will benefit KID smART. KID smART’s focus is arts integration—linking the arts with the existing academic curriculum. Their programming is designed to benefit under-resourced children in public schools in the New Orleans area—including charter schools.
Shoeboxus is absolutely FREE and open to anyone who wants to build a Sci-Fi/Fantasy themed shoebox mini-contraption! Come one, come all! Individuals, teachers, school groups and arts out-reach programs are ALL welcome to build shoebox contraptions and bring them to the parade.
There will be a Shoeboxus mini-float making workshop at BSI Comics in Metairie on April 11th and another workshop at Castillo Blanco in the Bywater on April 18th.
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus Inc., is accepting tax deductible donations to help cover the cost of our parade permit, police escort, insurance, clean up and brass bands.
Please send donations via Paypal to: email@example.com
Chewbacchus is also raising funds to support Shoeboxus through Indiegogo.com
When: Monday, May 4th, 2015
Lineup @ 5pm at Royal and Frenchmen (Washington Square Park)
Parade rolls promptly @ 6pm
After Party @ Handsome Willy’s from 8pm – Midnight
Shoeboxus will feature Lagniappe Brass Band, Browncoat Brass, BateBunda and more.
The After Party is presented by Nerd Love NOLA at Handsome Willy’s and features drink specials from the Society of Sin Burlesque and movie screenings.
Partners and Sponsors include: KID smART, the Frenchmen Art Market, BSI Comics, WWOZ, Martin Behrman Elementary, Nerd Love NOLA, the LA 501st Legion Bast Alpha Garrison and more.
BECOME AN ORDAINED CHEWBACCHANALIEN MINISTER!
It’s official. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is NOT just a Science Fiction themed Mardi Gras Parade Organization… We are also a satirical Space Cult! We celebrate a timeless form of divine revelry. Our ritual is to parade thru the streets of New Orleans each Carnival Season dispensing the blessings of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee!
For just $42 you can become an Ordained Minister in the Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee!
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Minister Ordainment is completely separate from your Krewe dues. Ordainment is good for LIFE. You must still pay your $42 dues each and every year you want to roll in the Chewbacchus Parade, including the year you become an Ordained ChewbacchanALIEN Minister.
WHO ARE WE?!?!
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Mardi Gras parade organization for the most revelrous Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Gamers, Cosplayers, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, Mad Scientists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom.
Our formula is simple… Bacchanalian Revelry + Sci Fi = BacchanALIENS.
Zulu throws coconuts, Muses throw shoes, the Krewe of Chewbacchus creates and throws a whole range of incredible homemade goodies including: amazing furry bandoliers, stenciled towels (for intrepid galactic hitchhikers), wookiee panties, handmade TARDIS beanbags, DIY beads and more!
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus puts together an amazing Carnival parade each year and rolls through the streets of New Orleans dispensing the blessings of Our Sacred Drunken Wookiee to the masses. Then we throw an amazing party… the CHEWBACCHANAL!
Chewbacchus marches with 800+ BacchanALIEN revelers in an amazing assortment of homemade Sci-Fi costumes. We roll with several of the best brass bands in the city and an incredible array of parade contraptions including a Millenium Falcon Wookiee Throne, a Mayan Temple on Wheels, a King Cake Flying Saucer (with an alien baby), a “Chariot of the Gods” Mobile Discotech complete with glowing crystal skulls, flapping wings, rocket thrusters and spinning propellers, a XXX-Wing tricycle, the Bar2D2 mobile keg droid, a fleet of Snowspeeders, giant puppets and much much more.
Chewbacchus is the Future of Revelry. We are DIY, homemade, homegrown, totally sustainable, GREEN to the gills, and the 1st true OPEN SOURCE parade. Any and ALL Sci Fi costumes and themes are welcome and you can build and bring basically anything you want to roll in the parade. However ALL parade contraptions must be pushed, pedaled, pulled or powered by electric motors (or particle propulsion). We do not use internal combustion engines to power our parade contraptions. We utilize tricycles, shopping carts, robotic power chairs, rickshaws, golfcarts, etc.
We have only 3 simple thematic rules re: costumes and parade contraptions…
1. No unicorns (unless they have rocket thrusters).
2. No elves (unless they are cyborgs).
3. Whinebots will be airlocked into the nearest Black Hole.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* If you are a Thrusterless Unicorn, a Non-Cybernetic Elf, or an “H”-free Winebot… there IS still a place for you within the embrace of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee… the Mystic Krewe of P.U.E.W.C.!
**PS by the way** ALL Winebot Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Chewbacchus is not just a Mardi Gras parade organization. We throw awesome parties and have incredible events throughout the year including Alien Beach Parties, Apocalypse Blow Outs, Geek Socials and our annual Sci Fi fashion show “Set Your Phasers to Stunning”. We also collaborate with several other organizations to roll in many other parades throughout the year.
The Krewe of Chewbacchus is always seeking new members and is OPEN to EVERYONE. Yearly membership dues are $42 (the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything) and secure your place in the Chewbacchus Parade and get you FREE entry to the Chewbacchanal. This incredible deal also includes the eternal envy of your peers.
Membership is half price ($21) for kids (12 and under) and is FREE for children age 3 or younger.
You are already a space cadet so you might as well make it official and join the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. Visit the Chewbacchus Shop to pay your dues and join the krewe to be a part of the intergalactic lunacy.
Make it Sew – Make it Throw – Make it Geaux:
Chewbacchus Open Build Workshops
In the months leading up to Carnival Season (approx Nov – Feburary), The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus hosts several open studio nights in our amazing Den space at the incredible multi-disciplinary arts space “Castillo Blanco”.
These Open Builds are your chance to mix and mingle, get involved and meet other krewe members, create throws, work on your costume, help with the big Krewe builds and get advice and access to tools that can help you assemble your very OWN amazing parade contraptions.
The address for Castillo Blanco is 4321 Saint Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117.
For more info on Castillo Blanco LLC. please visit: www.4321saintclaude.com
As usual there will be several extra ad hoc open builds AS NEEDED during the week leading up to the parade.
Chewbacchus has an amazing Den at Castillo Blanco complete with climate control, good lighting and power. However, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus does not own Castillo Blanco. Chewbacchus merely rents den space at C.B. for storage and builds. There are other tenants whose schedules, needs and space must be respected.
Castillo Blanco is not a retail location and there are no store hours. Nobody works at Castillo Blanco and nobody lives at Castillo Blanco. It is a facility for storage, special projects, build nights, and special events.
Krewe members should not expect any access whatsoever to the building outside of the normal open build schedule. There is limited space available for rent for those who would like to store contraptions at Castillo Blanco if they don’t want to haul stuff back and forth from the building. Price = $2/square foot per month based on the amount of space your “thing” takes up. Just keep in mind you will only be guaranteed to be able to get in to work on your stuff during regularly scheduled open builds. If you are interested in renting storage space at Castillo Blanco you should contact Space Commander Chewbaccacabra.
Castillo Blanco will go into full IKOC mode for the week of the parade. Contraptions, props, etc can be dropped off and stored there during the week leading up to the parade for FREE.
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The Low-Tech Solution
Wanna join the krewe the good ol’ fashion way via cash or check? Would you like to mail us a gift or donation? Our mailing address is:
Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, LLC.
PO Box 791633, NOLA 70179
ALL HAIL OUR SACRED DRUNKEN WOOKIEE!