MAY the fourth be with you – unless, of course, you live in the Italian city of Vigevano where they’re saving Star Wars for a Saturday spectacular in the streets.
The city, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy, loves the adventures of Luke Skywalker & Co and really goes to town with an annual day of celebrations themed on all of the movies and TV spin-offs.
This Saturday, May 7, there’ll be a costume parade through the streets featuring characters not just from the two trilogies but also from the likes of The Mandalorian and Clone Wars.
The parade will feature some of the leading cosplay groups recognised by LucasFilm, including members of the Rebellion, the Empire, the First Order, the Jedi, the Sith and the Mandalorians.
There’ll even be a group from the Galactic Academy Varykino, whose members are children and teenagers, and who will be dressed as young padawans in training.
“Participants will realise the magic of Star Wars Day with their extraordinary costumes,” says the city’s tourism bureau. “These are very faithful reproductions of those used on the film sets.”
The costumed characters will head out at 3pm from the Cavallerizza del Castello Sforzesco, then continue through Piazza Ducale, the Courtyard of the Castle and historic city centre.
During breaks in the procession, there’ll be demonstrations of lightsaber duelling, and the whole shebang will be accompanied by drummers, trumpeters and flag-wavers.
But the parade is just the icing on the cake. There’ll be LEGO Star Wars displays, photo opps galore, a rock band playing Star Wars music, and various Jedi training sessions.
All the events are organised by Diapason Consortium, a non-profit group which links 22 local businesses, cultural and tourism operators. For more see www.vigevano.net.