Monday, November 19, 2007

Waukesha Christmas Parade 2007

xmasparade 07 whole group
Originally uploaded by llopacinski
Last night we were in the Waukesha Christmas Parade and sponsored a float that featured the Droid Builders Legion, the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion Midwest Garrison, plus we had a few others in costume that are not part of these groups but still wanted to show off their awesome costumes. Complete Towing of Waukesha provided the truck and got the music to work properly.

We were towards the end of the parade, #93, so while the parade started at 4 pm we didn't move until well after 5 pm. It was dark by the time we stepped onto Main Street, which was cool for the float and light sabers, but not that great for taking pictures. Check my Flickr page to see the batch.

It went off fairly smooth. People loved the Star Wars folks - Chewbacca (who was Craig) and Darth Vader were fan favorites. We gave out tons of free comic books and Star Wars Pocketmodel samples and still ran out way before the parade route had ended. A couple of costumes acted up while we marched, and the group got fairly spread out as we walked along the route, but everyone seemed to have had a good time.

If we do it again next year I think I'll bring a big thermos filled with hot cocoa to help keep people warm. And we will know that we need at least twice as many comics to give away.

Thanks to EVERYONE who marched with us in the parade, and to Complete Towing for helping us out. Thanks to those that stood along the route in the cold waving and smiling as we all walked by.

Participants, (list courtesy of Sara Caldwell of the 501st)


Dan Patterson 787 - TK

Phil Zeman 2720 - Clonetrooper

Trent Thornton 585 – Commander Deviss

John Quirk 5122 - TK

Frank Wileman 9156 - TK

Leslie Andrich 1463 – Sith Shade Verago

Beth Johnson 5852 – Snowbunny Padme

Sara Caldwell 3881 – Admiral Daala

Kevin (?) - TK

Chris (?) - Vader

Rebel Legion:

Beret Balestrieri Kohn – Hoth Leia

Deidra Culp – Episode III Padme

Alan (lukewan) and daughter – Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Padawan

Family and Friends:

Jody, Megan, and Matthew Patterson - banners

Carrie - banners

Bob Kohn - banners

R2 Builders:

Craig Smith

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