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    The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Sep. 20, 2006

    Lucas named Rose Parade grand marshal

    PASADENA, Calif. -- The Force will be with the Rose Parade next year. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas was named Tuesday as grand marshal of the 118th annual Tournament of Roses. "It's always had a very special place in my heart and now it's an amazing thought that I'm going to be riding that funny old car at the very end of the parade," the 62-year-old director said. Also Tuesday, USC said Lucas' Lucasfilm Foundation will donate $75 million to help with new construction and renovations at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The foundation is also donating $100 million to serve as an endowment to the school. Taken together, the gifts are the largest single donation in USC history, the school said. Lucas was a film student at USC and graduated in 1966.
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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    omg, this is too cool. ill be there for sure!
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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Perfect timing for "starting" to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars (1977)before the actual release date. Thanks for the info Alias.
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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    I wonder what the parades theme is that they have Lucas as grand marshall.

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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut View Post
    I wonder what the parades theme is that they have Lucas as grand marshall.
    "How to ruin a parade with unnecessary special effects"
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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut View Post
    I wonder what the parades theme is that they have Lucas as grand marshall.
    I thought perhaps, "Take that Jedi Scum!" but no it's...



    On Monday, January 1, 2007 at 8 a.m. (PST), millions of spectators from around the world will celebrate the New Year with the 118th Rose Parade themed Our Good Nature. The Rose Parade will once again feature the beautiful pageantry and tradition of magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands.
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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Quote Originally Posted by Tui View Post
    "How to ruin a parade with unnecessary special effects"
    Or perhaps it is about the value of toilet humor in film.

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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    I think that is pretty cool. I wished he was Grand Marshal the year I was in the Rose Parade. Heck I wished Mickey Mouse was Grand Marshal the year I was in the Rose Parade.

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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    "It's always had a very special place in my heart and now it's an amazing thought that I'm going to be riding that funny old car at the very end of the parade," the 62-year-old director said.
    Ummmmm... I thought the Grand Marshal's car was at the BEGINNING of the parade???

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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    George Lucas to storm the 118th Rose Parade



    PASADENA, Calif. -
    Not long from now, in our very own galaxy, the Star Wars Spectacular will bring an intergalactic spirit — and 200 storm troopers — to the 118th annual Tournament of Roses parade.

    Grand Marshal George Lucas will be accompanied by two Star Wars -themed floats and an army of costumed storm troopers. Lucas, 62, invited the evil soldiers (costumed superfans from all over the world) to march with him during the New Year's Day parade in Pasadena.

    The storm troopers belong to a fan club called the 501st Legion, which boasts 3,000 members who appear at fundraisers and charitable events. Members create their own costumes, which can cost up to $1,000 each.

    Other Star Wars characters will ride floats in the parade. Four Ewoks will be aboard the Forest Moon of Endor float, from the Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi era. The Naboo: The Garden Planet float, from the recent Star Wars trilogy, will carry three Queens of Naboo and two Jedi protectors.
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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Ohhhhhhh boy! All the Star Wars geeks (like we pirate geeks) will be coming out of the woodwork and taking over Pasadena! Standby for a Rebel and Imperial Force invasion!!!!

    I can see it now! Stormtroopers running around in USC football helmets and little Ewoks wearing oversized USC football jerseys!

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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Good for him. I wonder if anyone is going to try and run up to him during the parade.
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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    December 28, 2006

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    The Force is with the Rose Parade

    The Force will certainly be with the 2007 Rose Parade in Pasadena on Monday. Not only is "Star Wars" creator George Lucas this year's grand marshal, but the parade will also feature a "Star Wars Spectacular."

    The 118th annual event, with the theme "Our Good Nature," begins at 8 a.m. and will feature 45 traditional floral floats, 22 marching bands and 23 equestrian teams. An opening ceremony will feature Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, reigning Miss America Jennifer Berry, a fireworks display and a military jet fly-over.

    The 5 1/2 -mile parade runs north on Orange Grove Boulevard beginning at Ellis Street, east on Colorado Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard, then north on Sierra Madre Boulevard to Paloma Street.

    Spectators can try to stake out a free, curbside viewing spot beginning at noon Sunday. More than 70,000 grandstand seats will be available along the parade route. Prices range from $40 to $85, depending on location.

    Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, 8 a.m. Monday. (626) 449-4100. www.sharpseating.com
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    Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Lucas to be grand marshal of Rose Parade

    'Star Wars' floats will include 200 stormtroopers


    Hundreds of fans will march in full 'Star Wars' regalia
    at the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade. (Photo: Mark Ashman)

    Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars Spectacular' at the Rose Parade will
    include a float inspired by the landscape of the planet Naboo.

    By Alex Romanelli
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    December 29, 2006

    If you notice Darth Vader, flanked by 200 stormtroopers, marching through Pasadena on Monday, don't worry: You're not seeing things because you drank too much at a New Year's Eve party.

    "Star Wars" is making its first appearance in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, and George Lucas is using the opportunity to give something back to his most obsessive fans.

    Centerpiece of the "Star Wars" floats -- the "Star Wars Spectacular," as Lucasfilm dubs it -- will be 200 members of the 501st Legion, a 3,500-strong group of hardcore fans who appear publicly in full "Star Wars" costume.

    The 501st makes public appearances in accurate replica costumes, participating mostly at fund raisers and charity events, always pro bono. Although unaffiliated with Lucasfilm, the company sometimes uses the 501st at its official events.

    "When we were releasing 'Episode III' around the world, we'd call up the local garrison and ask them to provide some atmosphere and color around the premiere," said Tom Warner, Lucasfilm's senior director of marketing. "George was so impressed with these guys -- with their dedication and professionalism -- he wanted to do something to get recognition for them."

    When Lucas had the idea for a "Star Wars" float in the Rose Parade, an open audition call went out to 501st members. Lucasfilm received 700 videos from costumed fans who filmed themselves marching. These were narrowed down to 200 participants, and Lucasfilm is flying those members in from across the nation and around the world, with 22 countries and 36 states represented.

    About 80% will be dressed in the parade as the traditional iconic stormtroopers, with the rest appearing in related costumes such as snowtroopers, sandtroopers and biker scouts, Warner said.

    "Think of it as the opening of the Olympics, with each foreign garrison represented by its country's flag and local garrison arm patches," Warner said.

    Accompanying the 501st will be the Grambling State U. marching band from Louisiana -- 176 band members dressed as Imperial officers. Lucas is a big admirer of marching bands, especially Southern show-style bands. They'll be performing three compositions familiar to fans of the films -- the "Main Title," "Imperial March" and "The Throne Room" -- but Warner promises "a New Orleans twist."

    Eight dancers and eight flag girls from Grambling State will also be dressed as Twi'leks -- exotic alien dancers from the "Star Wars" films.

    Lucasfilm's "Star Wars Spectacular" will be bookended by two floats representing the theme of this year's parade, "Our Good Nature." First float will be the Forest Moon of Endor from 1983's "Return of the Jedi," complete with Ewoks swinging between trees. The second float is the planet of Naboo, seen in the prequel trilogy, featuring royal queens, handmaidens, Jedi protectors and even working waterfalls.

    Lucas is also the parade's grand marshal, following in the footsteps of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart and Mickey Mouse.

    Warner insists the decision to name Lucas grand marshal was independent of Lucasfilm's planned extravaganza. "We didn't go with that expectation at all. That came after we pitched (the parade organizers) the idea.
    George is honored and very excited. The 501st was really the genesis of this whole idea."

    One million people are expected to line the parade's route in Pasadena, with about 30 million watching on TV.

    With 2007 marking the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars," Lucasfilm plans a five-day fan convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center in May.
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    Talking Re: The Force will be with the 118th Rose Parade

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    Sep. 20, 2006

    Lucas named Rose Parade grand marshal


    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1003124632

    Wow that's awesome! <3

    I can't wait!!!

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