2007 is the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, and hundreds of my fellow nerds got the chance of a lifetime to show off their costume-making prowess as they marched in the annual Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California on Monday. The parade featured members of the 501st Legion, a fan organization that builds elaborate Star Wars costumes and uses them to visit sick children in hospitals as well as other charitable endeavours. Massive Star Wars-themed floats were also on display, and they even got the best college marching band on the planet, Grambling State University, to wear Imperial officer uniforms. George Lucas, the master of all things Star Wars, served as the Grand Marshal of the parade, which I’m sure had absolutely nothing to do with the $75million donation he made to the University of Southern California *cough*. Here’s the HGTV coverage: (you can find tons more camera angles at YouTube).
In other Lucas related news, apparently he, Spielberg, and Harrison Ford are finally ready to start production on Indiana Jones 4 in June for a May, 2008 release. Right. This information does come from an actual Lucasfilm press release, but I think I have a better chance of seeing a new Allan Quatermaine film up on the screen. (Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone rule!).