- When & where: Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Bywater, Marigny, French Quarter route
- Hot throws: Hand-made bandoliers with interchangeable sub-krewe medallions, cute Wookiee dolls and weird DIY collectibles.
- My reaction: Chewbacchus's charming DIY throws match perfectly with the self-depricating vibe of the funky five-year-old organization. The philosophical emphasis on collaboration, collectability, craftsmanship and recycling prove that this splendid assembly of sci-fi nerds has its eyes on the future.
Members of the science fiction-oriented organization, who customarily craft their own collectible throws, assemble annually to display and trade the tiny treasures they've produced.
Palm-sized felt Chewbacca dolls, dedicated to the furry sidekick in the "Star Wars" movie series, will be among the most alluring of this year's throws. As will golden King Cake babies nestled in tufts of artificial Wookiee fur.
Also look for adorable crocheted baby aliens, lavishly decorated voodoo-esque spirit bottles, hand-cast ultraviolet medallions bearing the magic number 42 from the novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and woolen stuffed tentacle tips that allude to the writing of H. P. Lovecraft.
But the big news this year is bandoliers. The krewe's namesake Chewbacca frequently wore an ammunition bandolier in the popular space adventure movies. As krewe member Ambassador Jackpot (aka Martin Childs) explained, this year the krewe has produced fuzzy yellow Chewbacca bandoliers with Velcro patches that will allow subgroups to create interchangeable symbolic ammunition clips.
Parade-goers who catch the coveted bandoliers can collect and trade clips along the route. Look for clips representing "Men in Black" fans, "Dr. Who" devotees and "KRAP," the "Krewe of Really Awesome Parodies."
"It's simultaneously a throw, a collectible AND a costume," said Ambassador Jackpot as he modeled a sample bandoleer.
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