Krewe of Chewbacchus rolls despite slight weather malfunction

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A member of the Krewe of Chewbacchus, dressed as a spaceship, waits for the start of the parade near the Big Top on Clio as rain pours down. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite a steady, soaking rain Saturday night, the storm troopers and starfighters of the Krewe of Chewbacchus soldiered through the Lower Garden District, greeting spectators with far more than just a mere “Nanoo Nanoo.”

Chewbacchus featured an armada of hand-built science-fiction themed “floats” drawn by bicycle or by hand, as well as dozens of individual krewe members in detailed homemade costumes that were unfortunately hidden by plastic ponchos in the downpour. After a late start in hopes that the rain would clear, the parade took an abbreviated route from its starting point on Clio, around to St. Charles, down Felicity and down Camp to the Howlin Wolf for the Chewbacchanal ball. Along the way, spectators were greeted with an outburst of generosity and gratitude for braving the weather to watch the parade.

Below is live coverage from Twitter, collecting comments and photos from the route the hashtag #Chewbacchus.

A member of the Krewe of Chewbacchus dressed as an alien talks before the start of the parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Krewe of Chewbacchus dressed as Marvin the Martian waits for the parade to start on Clio Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An alien-garbed member of the Krewe of Chewbacchus peers from underneath an umbrella on Clio Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Wookie wearing a Tulane T-shirt chats before the start of the Krewe of Chewbacchus parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A bicycle-drawn depicting a temple fit with the parade's "Chewbaccalypse" theme. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Krewe of Chewbacchus in a Star Trek uniform throws beads on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A tricycle coverted into a starfighter pulls the covered Bar2-D2 on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A tricycle serves as a TIE Fighter float in the Krewe of Chewbacchus parade on Felicity. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Millennium Falcon float is wheeled down Felicity Street in the Krewe of Chewbacchus parade, followed by the Bender character from Futurama. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two ewoks are pulled in a covered float down Camp Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Chewbacchus' signature Bar2-D2 float is protected by a tarp as it rolls down Camp Street in the rain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A costumed member of the Krewe of Chewbacchus makes her way down Camp Street in the rain Saturday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

One thought on “Krewe of Chewbacchus rolls despite slight weather malfunction

  1. For various reasons (not all weather related) I missed this parade, and I am full of regret. Those are some amazing costumes. To anyone involved with Chewbacchus: Keep it gorram rolling! I will be there next year, rain or shine.

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