On St. Charles Avenue, the grand Mardi Gras parade route, celebrations have long been dominated by a few giant krewes, exclusive clubs that pay large sums each year to commission the floats and put on the balls in what they call “the greatest free show on earth.”
But elsewhere, alternative plans are being made — by “Star Wars” fans drinking beer out of a seven-foot-tall cardboard robot that conceals a keg.
Bar2D2, as the robot is called, is the mascot of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, which runs a ragtag operation dedicated to all things science fiction. In two years, the group, which started as a drunken joke in a bar, has become the quickest-growing krewe in the city, and a center of the amateur costume culture in New Orleans.
This article is riddled with all kinds of wonderful Star Wars puns, like the “Sci Fi Brass Band and the Wild Tchewbacchatoulas.” Sounds like a lot of fun.