Chewbacchus Little Free Library!

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Jun 162015
 

We are creating a Chewbacchus Little Free Library that will be installed outside the Krewe Den at Castillo Blanco, 4321 Saint Claude Ave. Our Little Free Library will be a sculpture of Chewbacchus the Sacred Drunken Wookiee himself made out of repurposed metal objects that also holds books!

We need donations of interesting metal objects for the sculpture including: pots and pans, bicycle parts and old tools. We need to raise approximately $300 to cover the hardware and construction incidentals (like raw steel, welding wire, welding gas, various consumables, hardware, paint, LEDs) for the project. And we need BOOKS! We prefer science fiction and fantasy novels and comic books for our Chewbacchus Little Free Library, of course.

There is a donation can now live on the IKOC website. If you have donations of materials and books please contact me for drop off times/instructions!

http://chewbacchus.org/2015/06/16/chewbacchus-little-free-library/

ALL HAIL OUR SACRED LITERATE WOOKIEE!

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Change the name of the constellation “Orion” into “Chewbacca”!

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May 272015
 

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The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus believes that Chewbacca, the mighty wookiee from a galaxy far far away, deserves to have a constellation named in his honor.  We are petitioning the International Astronomical Union to change the name of the constellation “Orion” into “Chewbacca”!

Click here to support our petition! 

Full Details on the 2015 Chewbacchus Parade and Chewbacchanal

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Jan 142015
 

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The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus Announces Full Details on their All New Route, 2015 Parade “Royalty” and the Chewbacchanal Block Party

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will throw their annual Carnival Parade and Chewbacchanal on February 7th, 2015. The Parade rolls prompt at 6pm on an all new longer route through the Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods. The Science Fiction and Fantasy themed Krewe is doing a full-tilt religious parody theme this year… “Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee”. The parade will feature an 11 foot tall golden wookiee effigy surrounded by a group of dancing devotees and over fifty sub-krewes rolling with their own satirical themes and group costumes.

The Krewe will be joined by guest celebrity “Pope” Andy Richter, who will be filming his Chewbacchus experience for the Conan Obrien Show!

In addition, Saint Peter Mayhew, the Mighty Chewbacca Himself, Incarnation of the Wookiee on Earth, Emperor for Life and Pope of Popes will roll in the 2015 Chewbacchus Parade. He will be joined by his lovely Royal Consort and Queen, Angie Mayhew, Our Lady of Space Grace!

Combined with Pope Andy Richter, we have a trinity of Chewbacchus “Royal” Divinity in the 2015 Chewbacchus Parade.

Long live the Space Cult!

All Hail Our Sacred Drunken Wookiee!

Wristbands

The Krewe of Chewbacchus is one of the easiest Mardi Gras krewe’s to be a part of and prides itself on its accessibility and informal structure. The krewe is open to one and all. Anyone who wants to roll in parade simply needs to pay their $42 yearly dues, show up in costume and join in the fun. All krewe members receive a wristband that allows them to roll in the parade and attend the post-parade bash, the Chewbacchanal.

Krewe members should check in at the Lineup on parade day between 3-5pm on parade day to receive their wristband. Anyone marching without a wristband will be pulled out of the lineup by Parade Security and asked nicely to leave. Anyone hostile will be handed over immediately to Chewbacchus’ NOPD parade detail.

Wristbands can also be picked up at any of the krewe’s open build days at the Den week leading up to the parade.

Castillo Blanco will be open for last minute work, contrpation drop off and wristband pickup during the week leading up to the Chewbacchus Parade at the following times.

Monday, Feb. 2nd: 4pm – 8pm
Tuesday, Feb. 3rd: 4pm – 8pm
Wednesday, Feb. 4th: 12noon – 8pm
Thursday, Feb. 5th: 4-8pm
Friday, Feb. 6th: 2pm – 4pm

The building will be open at 12noon on Saturday, Feb. 7th. PARADE DAY!

Lineup starts at 3pm. Get your wristbands early and avoid the maddness. We are rolling DEEP this year.

Anyone bringing a contraption to the parade can stash it at the Den for free during the week leading up to the parade. Contraptions can then be stashed at the Den following the parade for free until the following Saturday.

Lineup

The parade lineup will start at the corner of Lesseps and Saint Claude Avenue and wind around Marais Street and up Poland Avenue. All registered sub-krewes will receive numbered spots in the lineup at check in. Individual marchers are welcome to roll wherever they please around and in between the more cohesive groups.

Parade

A route map is attached. There will be Krewe Only port-o-lets staged at the neutral ground on Elysian Fields and in the park on Dauphine Street across from the Joint. Krewe members who need to use these facilities are welcome to break out of the lineup and use the port-o-lets at their own discretion during the march.

All parade marchers bringing contraptions are encouraged to bring along a small trash can to collect any cups or trash they may generate on the route. We make a massive internal effort to keep our route and neighborhood clean. Please be respectful of our streets even in the midst of the revelry.

Chewbacchanal

This years Chewbacchanal immediately follows the parade from 11 -2am. It will be a massive block party that occupies the entire 4300 block of Saint Claude Avenue including several large tented areas and outdoor art installations. It is absolutely free to all Krewe members and is open to the public. Entry is $15 for the general public, and only $10 for those dressed in costume. It is 21+ and the entertainment lineup includes: DJ MicPhedusha, Oscillation Communications, The Dead Music Capital Band, the Browncoat Brass Band and more. Several food trucks will be onsite for hungry partiers.

Sponsors include: ELOPE, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Secret Moonbase Productions LLC., Castillo Blanco LLC., Pompadour Productions and +1 Gaming.

For more info on the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus please visit: www.chewbacchus.org

Questions? Read the “Guide” on the Chewbacchus website.

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Chewbacchus 2015 Open Build Schedule

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Nov 182014
 

Open Build Schedule & Important Dates

“Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee” 2015 Parade Season

12/6: 12noon – 4:00pm @ Castillo Blanco 4321 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA 70117

12/13: 12noon – 4:00pm @ Castillo Blanco 4321 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA 70117

12/20: 12noon – 4:00pm @ Castillo Blanco 4321 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA 70117

NO BUILD ON 12/27

1/3: 12noon – 4:00pm @ Castillo Blanco 4321 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA 70117

1/9: SET YOUR PHASERS TO STUNNING @ The Howlin Wolf

1/10: 12noon – 4:00pm @ Castillo Blanco 4321 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA 70117

1/17: 12noon – 4:00pm @ Castillo Blanco 4321 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA 70117

1/31: 12noon – 4:00pm @ Castillo Blanco 4321 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA 70117

2/7: The Chewbacchus Parade and Chewbacchanal!

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.

Chewbacchus Announces 2015 Parade Theme

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Oct 102014
 
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The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus proudly announces the theme for their 2015 Mardi Gras Parade… Chewbacchus 2015: “The Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee”!

No longer content to be just the greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy themed parade organization in the galaxy, the Krewe of nearly 1,000 members has transformed itself into a full-fledged satirical space cult. The conceptual masterminds who push the buttons behind the scenes have worked logistical and legal wonders. Chewbacchus is now classified as a 501c3 charitable and benevolent religious organization. The Krewe is also offering the opportunity to become an Ordained ChewbacchanALIEN Minister on their website. The ordainments are totally legitimate and grant the legal right to officiate at weddings and other religious ceremonies. Several Chewbacchus weddings are already scheduled in the coming weeks.

Is it a joke taken to the extreme? Maybe. It’s also all 100% real and true. Chewbacchus is now a religion.

To this end, the 2015 Chewbacchus Parade on February 7th, 2015 will be a religious procession featuring a 10 foot tall multi-armed Wookiee god on a throne. There will be no royalty, no kings or queens. The Sacred Drunken Wookiee himself will be the centerpiece of this years Chewbacchus festivities. There will, however, be several surprise celebrity guests in this years parade who will be honored as the “Popes of Chewbacchus”.

The Krewe is kicking off their season of activities with a party celebrating the release of their brand new sacred text, a 42 page coloring book featuring krewe-sourced drawings, poems and jokes. The official book release party for “The Book of the Wook: The Chewbacchus Coloring Book and Guide to the Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee” will be on Friday, November 7th from 8pm – 11pm at the Frenchmen Street Art Market at 508 Frenchmen Street and will feature the musical stylings of Some Metry Guy in a secret Krewe Only courtyard. The answer to the question that gets you thru the security gate is, of course, “42”.

From 11pm – 2am we will take the party across the street to The Maison at 508 Frenchmen Street, for an evening of live music featuring several of the amazing musicians and musical acts who are part of the wild, wooly world of Chewbacchus including:

-The Browncoat Brass Band

-The Night Janitor

-DJ mic Feduccia

The 1st half of the party at the Frenchmen Art Market is FREE.  The 2nd half of the party at Maison is $5 at the door.

Event Details: Book of the Wook Release Party and Chewbacchus Season Kickoff

Where: Frenchmen Street Art Market (619 Frenchmen Street) from 8pm – 11pm, The Maison Frenchmen (508 Frenchmen Street) from 11pm – 2am

When: Friday, November 7th, 2014

Become a ChewbacchanALIEN Minister!

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Jun 232014
 

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!

Your ordination package includes:

  • An official ChewbacchanALIEN Ministers Card
  • Credentials of Ministry
  • Certification as a Wedding Officiant
  • Chewbacchus Marriage Certificate
  • Letter of Good Standing in the Space Cult

You will be added to the roster of Ordained ChewbacchanALIEN Ministers and invited to march in the pseudo-religious procession at the front of the 2015 Chewbacchus Parade in celebration of our all new muti-armed Sacred Drunken Wookiee Golden Effigy!

In addition your Chewbacchus ordination materials will enable you to preside over legal marriage ceremonies and other religious rituals:

Simply fill out a copy of the Orleans Parish Marriage Officiant Application and get it Notarized.

Then register as a religious officiant by submitting all of these materials to:

The Office of the State Registrar of Vital Records

1450 Poydras Street

Suite 400

New Orleans, LA 70112

For more information on the process of registering as a marriage officiant please visit the website of the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services.

http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/subhome/21

If you reside outside of the City of New Orleans, please check with your local authorities to determine your regional requirements.  They may vary slightly state to state but are typically very similar to the requirements outlined here.

ALL HAIL OUR SACRED DRUNKEN WOOKIEE!

Becoming an Ordained ChewbacchanALIEN Minister does not replace or superceed a membership in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus.  You must also pay your yearly membership dues of $42 if you want to roll, march, wiggle or dance in the Chewbacchus Parade.

Ready to join our Satirical Space Cult?  Buy your Chewbacchus Ordination Package HERE.

Production time on Ordination Packages is approx 10 business days.  You’ll receive your goodies in the mail via USPS.

THE ORDINATION PROCESS

The Ordination Process to Become a ChewbacchanALIEN Minister is open to anyone.

1. Simply click on the Chewbacchus Ordination Package product.

You will be asked to enter a “password” to proceed.

2. Type in the correct response to this question:

What is the Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything?

…and you will be able to add the Ordination Package to your shopping cart and purchase it to complete the ordination process.

ALL HAIL OUR SACRED DRUNKEN WOOKIEE!

Support Our SPACE Sanctuary Kickstarter

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Jun 232014
 

We will soon be moving the Krewe of Chewbacchus into an awesome new Den space at Castillo Blanco that will include an incredible “SPACE Sanctuary” complete with Magic Mirrors and a Sensory Deprivation Tank! Please dontate to our Kickstarter project now in exchange for discounted time in the Float Tank and other amazing rewards!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chewbaccacabra/the-space-sanctuary

Not sure if Sensory Deprivation is for you? Think it might be too intense/scary?

It’s actually one of the most relaxing things you will ever do. Here are a couple quotes about the experience:

“It is as if my soul took a bath.”

“A do not disturb sign for the soul. Blissful silence.”

Many people say one hour in the tank feels like a full nights sleep! Donate to our cause and help make the new Den of Chewbacchus an even more incredible place!

Chewbacchus Parade 2014 Info

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Feb 212014
 

Check in for the parade is from 3-6pm. Be at the lineup no later than 7pm. We roll promptly at 8pm.

Contraptions can be dropped off at the Den after the parade. Then head directly to the Chewbacchanal at the Trash Palace, 2121 Charters Street.

The Den and Trash Palace will be open on Sunday for clean up and contraption pick up from 12noon – 4pm. Abandoned contraptions and bicycles will be exterminated and left outside in Architects Alley for the whims of fate.

ALL HAIL OUR SACRED DRUNKEN WOOKIEE!

2014 Chewbacchus Parade and Chewbacchanal

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Jan 222014
 
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Chewbacchus Parade and Chewbacchanal PRESS RELEASE

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus presents it’s 4th Annual Carnival Parade on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014.  The greatest homemade Science Fiction & Fantasy themed Krewe in the known Universe will once again march through the streets of the Faubourg Marigny dispensing the blessings of the “Sacred Drunken Wookiee” to the enthusiastic masses!

This years Chewbacchus Parade will be bigger and better than ever.  The Krewe has grown to be over 700 marching members strong.  This years parade also features an incredible lineup of over 50 homemade parade contraptions and a dozen of the best brass bands from New Orleans and beyond.

Chewbacchus is celebrating all things Star Trek this year with the theme “Wrath of Khan-ival” and this years parade will feature the all new “Barship Enterprise” as well as Red Shirt Royalty chosen randomly via King Cake from the Krewes own group of hardworking volunteer parade escorts, and a Warp Corps Dance Team.

Other notable new additions for 2014 include:

  • A group of nearly 100 “Rolling Elliots” on bicycles in Red Hoodies with E.T.s in their bike baskets.
  • The Kaiju Flambeaux Corps featuring a giant steel Mecha-Gator that will put on a Flame FX show on the 1st few blocks of the route (pending NOFD approval).
  • Space Commander Chewbaccacabra’s amazing new Lunar Party Rover.

… and much much MORE!

The Krewe of Chewbacchus is open to anyone and the krewe dues are only $42.

Lineup and Pre-Party will be at the corner of St. Ferdinand and N. Peters Street. The Den will be open from 3pm – 7pm for Contraption & Costume Pick Up and Coordination.

The Parade heads up Frenchmen Street, before stopping at the Hi-Ho Lounge for a Royalty Toast and Bathroom Break.  Chewbacchus then winds thru the neighborhood past Mimi’s in the Marigny and ends back at the Den.

The Krewe will then walk to the Trash Palace, 2121 Chartres for the greatest Chewbacchanal ever, featuring:

  • Gypsyphonic Disko
  • Dead Music Capital Brass Band
  • Louisiana Laptop Orchestra
  • Browncoat Brass Band

The Post-Chewbacchanal will be hosted at Maison Frenchmen from 2am onward.

The Chewbacchanal is FREE for Krewe Members

$15 to the Public. $10 for those in Costume.

More info, route map and details on joining the Krewe can be found at: www.chewbacchus.org

The Red Shirt King of Chewbacchus 2014!

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Jan 152014
 

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Since our inception four years ago, the Overlords of Chewbacchus have been massively successful at securing celebrity royalty for our parades and events.  Last year we achieved the conceptual and thematic Holy Grail of “Chewbacchus-specific celebrity royalty” by honoring Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca himself, as the King of Chewbacchus 2013.

 

Been there.  Done that.  Nailed it.

 

This year Chewbacchus will do something radically different and totally innovative.  Instead of parodying the model of contemporary super-krewes and paying homage to a “celebrity”, we are invoking one of the most ancient sacred principals of Carnival… Total Social Inversion.  We will pay tribute to one of the oldest rituals of ancient Roman Revelry.  During the Feasts of Saturnalia the masters of the house would serve their servants.  The King would be free to act the Fool.  And the servant would have his chance to be the King.

 

We promised you “Star Trek” Royalty, and we are going to deliver…

 

Instead of honoring a celebrity who probably already spends their whole life getting treated like a demigod, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will pay homage to the brave Everyman of the Star Trek Universe, the loyal ensigns who frequently perished in the course of their duties… the Red Shirts!

 

This year we will honor our own hard-working, loyal and dedicated Parade Escorts by randomly selecting one of our own Parade Escort “Red Shirts” to be the King of Chewbacchus 2014!  At the Red Shirt Orientation Meeting before the Parade we will hide a Wookiee in the King Cake.  The Red Shirt that finds it will receive ALL of the honors and privileges due to Mardi Gras Royalty!  We will host a dinner in their honor and crown them King of Chewbacchus.  They will be showered with handmade gifts and the love and affection of the Krewe!  They will ride the Falcon Throne during the parade with their Royal Consort and a special surprise guest…

 

Mewbaca.  The Himalayan Cat with a Photoshopped Bandolier who has taken over the Internet this week…?  Yep.  Thats the one.

 

By celebrating the Kingship of the random Redshirt, we honor ALL Redshirts!  The worker bee shall be the Queen (or King, or whatever) for the Day!

 

ALL HAIL OUR SACRED DRUNKEN WOOKIEE!

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