Chewbacca Rug

I was mortified the first time I saw this rug!

I had my phone out ready to dial the authorities to report the illegal poaching of some poor Wookie when a helpful R2 sales unit approached and started beeping or tweeting or whatever it is they do.

The commotion caused by my yelling and “it’s” beeping caused the manager to come out from behind the desk. The ugly, blue, flying and foul smelling whatever he was, informed me in his(?) thick accent, that he had a permit for the rug and that no Wookie died in the making of it.

Turns out, Wookies shed a lot.

I still don’t like it.

They could of donated the fur, or hair (or whatever it is) to some charity.

I’m sure there’s a Wookie on chemo out there that could of used it.

Purchase with discretion.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is back this weekend with its “popes” Andy Richter and Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew. There are more than 1,000 marching members and 50 groups celebrating sci-fi fandom and other pop culture nuggets, from Star Wars to Bill & Ted to the KISS army:

“Don’t come dressed as Darth Vader,” says krewe co-founder Ryan Ballard. “If you want to dress as Darth Vader, go to Comic Con. We have a guy who dresses as Darth Simmons. He combines Star Wars with KISS and Gene Simmons’ look. That’s cool.”

The Millennium Falcon was originally supposed to be made from a golf cart.

When Ryan Ballard and his Mardi Gras parade organization Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus first set out to raise money on Kickstarter for a parade float to carry the original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and his wife, they thought a humble golf cart was the only vehicle base they could afford with their pledges. The plan was to create an amazing DIY centerpiece float on which the Mayhews — their king and queen — could ride in style during the group’s parade this Saturday.

“Right when we hit the goal I started shopping,” Ballard told Wired. “I knew that I wanted one of these Taylor-Dunn B-248s. … That was like the dream machine, but those are like 12 grand. It was out of budget, we needed to get a golf cart for like $2,000 and build on that.”

Then Ballard went on Craigslist — and hit the jackpot. He found a B-248 that someone was selling in Pearl River, Louisiana for less than $1,500. He called his Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus co-hort Brett Powers and the two headed out of New Orleans. When they came back, they had the basis for what might be the nerdiest Mardi Gras float ever built.

Ballard came up with blueprints and diagrams scaled up from a model of the Falcon from the Star Wars movies. Other members of Chewbacchus offered ideas and concepts and soon enough they were building — a process that’s taken some four months to complete.

See more photos of the Star Wars-themed float @ Underwire!

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, February 22, 2014. Copyright 2014 by Louis Maistros