Chewbacchus May the 4th 'Shoeboxus' parade, rolls at 7 p.m. Monday (May 4)

Chewbacchus parade, Mardi Gras 2015 in New Orleans The science fiction-oriented Chewbacchus parade charmed crowds in the Bywater and Marigny on Saturday (February 7) during Mardi Gras 2015. As usual, Chewbacchus had the vibe of a costume party that spilled onto the city streets and rambled along at it's own odd rhythm. For more, go to mardigras.com.

Ryan Ballard, co-founder and "High Priest" of the Krewe of Chewbacchus science fiction-oriented Mardi Gras parading organization said that the first "Shoeboxus" shoe box float parade will begin at 7 p.m. Monday (May 4), not 6 p.m. as previously scheduled. The reason a Mardi Gras-style parade is being held in on a Monday in the spring, long past the Carnival season is a pun, popular among Star Wars fans: "May the Fourth be With You."

The parade starts at the corner of Royal and Frenchmen streets in Faubourg Marigny. It will follow a nine-block rectangular route back to the starting point. The roll-time delay, Ballard said, will allow more time between the time most people get off work and the start of the parade.  

Ballard, a teacher in the Algiers Charter School Association Gifted and Talented Arts Program, said the mini parade, will feature tiny, hand-pulled science fiction-inspired floats made by his students and other participants. Creating miniature Mardi Gras floats from shoeboxes is a classroom tradition in New Orleans.

As reported on March 15, "Shoeboxus" was inspired, in part, Ballard said, by the real or imagined rivalry between the Chewbacchus marching group and satiric shoebox parade by the Krewe of 'tit Rex that rolls on the same night generally in the same Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods.

'tit Rex mini parade, Mardi Gras 2015 The tiny floats of the 'tit Rex parade rattled through the Marigny on Saturday (Feb. 7), packing a satiric wallop way beyond their size. The theme of the 2005 parade was "L'Enfant Terrible" and the baby parade lived up to its title.

The first 'tit Rex parade took place in the Marigny and Bywater in 2009. Some onlookers believe that the ever-growing Chewbacchus parade, which first rolled on the Uptown route in 2009 and moved to the Marigny and Bywater in 2013, threatened to symbolically elbow the older but much smaller parade out of the way.

Some spirited social media sniping took place between the Carnival clubs, resulting in a simmering stalemate. Ballard invited 'tit Rex officials to judge the Showboxus parade children's floats, but they declined.

Read more about the controversy in the story "Chewbacchus schedules Mardi Gras shoebox float parade for May 4."

Find a map of the route and parade details on the Chewbacchus website.