I returned from Chicago, the site of Star Wars Celebration 2019, a couple of days ago.  I’m still processing photos and sorting laundry.  In the meanwhile, I offer you a glimpse back in time to earlier celebrations and why I attend such nonsense.

Costumes

A big draw is the people is costume.

Padme Amidala: Starting from the left, the meadow picnic dress, the Celebration dress, and Padme's traveling dress. All are beautiful.

Padme Amidala: Starting from the left, the meadow picnic dress, the Celebration dress, and Padme’s traveling dress. All are beautiful.

The above image is from Celebration 2017 in Orlando.  I’m sure I’ve included it in an earlier story.

I also go to have fun with the little kids.  My daughter and I cosplay, too.  Nothing on the level of the photo above. Nonetheless, we get into the spirit of the event.

Halley and I pose as Jawas with a few small fans

Halley and I pose as Jawas with a few small fans.  Celebration V, 2010 in Orlando

Yes, we’re the tall Jawas.  I’ll add that being a Jawa is tough.  I couldn’t see where I was going!  I can’t image what it must be like to be Bossk, the bounty hunter.  Do you think he knows we’re all standing around him?

New Friends and Old

The best reason to go to Celebration is to see old friends.  We’ve met a lot of people since our first convention in 2002.  Many we see, again and again, people like Martin.

Oh no, Roxy the Rancor has Martin! Celebration VII, 2015 in Anaheim, CA

Oh no, Roxy the Rancor has Martin! Celebration VII, 2015 in Anaheim, CA

Let’s go back a little farther in time.  Slave Leia is always a popular costume.  I wonder why.

Jabba the Hut has captured Princess Leia at Celebration IV in Los Angeles, 2007

Jabba the Hut has captured Princess Leia at Celebration IV in Los Angeles, 2007

One of my favorite images is from 2005, Indianapolis.

New friends from Celebration III in Indianapolis, IN 2005

New friends from Celebration III in Indianapolis, IN 2005

Celebration is a lot bigger than it was in those early years.  Attendance has quadrupled.  Tickets are more expensive and harder to get. The five-day pass for this year’s event sold out within a day!  Security is now more strict, and the lines are still long.  In the end, it doesn’t matter.  The important things for me are the small events, the lesser panels, the costumes, the children, and my friends from every part of the country.

Our first adventure

Before I close, I’ll share one more image.  It is from my first Celebration way back in 2002.  Halley was still in school, and I had no idea what I was getting into.

Halley and David Prowse, our earliest convention, Celebration II in Indianapolis, IN - 2002

Halley and David Prowse, our earliest convention, Celebration II in Indianapolis, IN – 2002

Years have gone by, and I’m a bit older.  I still enjoy the agony of Celebration.  Will I continue?  It’s hard to say.  Stay tuned, and I’ll fill you in on my adventures in Chicago.

To see a few more images from Celebrations of the past, click here.

 

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