May well the Fourth enable Chewbacchus say farewell to Chewbacca on Saturday

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The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a Mardi Gras parading organization inspired by the Star Wars film franchise, plans a memorial procession for the late Peter Mayhew who died April 30. Mahew was the towering British actor who played Chewbacca, Han Solo’s curmudgeonly canine sidekick in the original 1970s-80s film series. Mahew rode in the annual Chewbacchus Carnival parade in 2013, thereby becoming especially beloved to Crescent City fans.

The Mayhew memorial march is planned for May well the 4th, a date embraced by Star Wars fans mainly because of the films’ tag line: “May the force be with you.”

A post on the Chewbacchus Twitter feed outlined the memorial program: “We will collect at Dat Dog (601 Frenchmen St.) at 7 p.m. and toast Peter in between 7:50 – eight p.m. Our procession will commence at eight:30 p.m. We will travel down Frenchmen Street led by the Browncoat Brass Band to Dragon’s Den (435 Esplanade Ave.) to commence our May well the Fourth celebrations. Come in costume or come from Jazz Fest and celebrate with Chewbacchus the life and legacy of Peter Mayhew.”

In this Oct. 5, 1978, file photo, actors featured in the "Star Wars" movie, from left, Harrison Ford who played Han Solo, Anthony Daniels who played the robot C3P0, Carrie Fisher who played the princess, and Peter Mayhew who played the Wookie, Chewbacca, are shown during a break from the filming of a television special presentation in Los Angeles. Mayhew died at his home in north Texas on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 according to a family statement. He was 74. No cause was given. (AP Photo, File)

In this Oct. five, 1978, file photo, actors featured in the “Star Wars” film, from left, Harrison Ford who played Han Solo, Anthony Daniels who played the robot C3P0, Carrie Fisher who played the princess, and Peter Mayhew who played the Wookie, Chewbacca, are shown through a break from the filming of a tv specific presentation in Los Angeles. Mayhew died at his property in north Texas on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 according to a loved ones statement. He was 74. No lead to was provided. (AP Photo, File)

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