first_img“The first \ is planet Endor’s forest moon, and the Ewoks are on a quest to protect the trees,” Holman said. “Ewoks are critters who live in the trees and I guess there are some other critters not so friendly to Ewoks who can’t climb the trees.” The second float, he said, “depicts the peaceful evergreen planet of Naboo.” Pasadena Police Department policy on head tails isn’t clear, but spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said anyone in the grandstand seats wearing anything that looks like a weapon could be subject to search. “We’ve told people not to wear anything that looks like a gun belt, or anything that looks threatening, things that look like guns or weapons. Our main concern is safety,” Pope Givens said. “Light sabers? I honestly don’t know.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“There’s been a huge buzz,” said Steve Sansweet, head of fan relations for Lucasfilm Ltd. “We can tell from postings on the official site and lots of message boards. Tons of people have offered to volunteer to work on the floats and decorate – we had almost too many.” And, Sansweet said, don’t be surprised to see Luke Skywalkers, Princess Leias, Obi Wan Kenobis and Han Solos mingling with the family groups along the 5.6-mile parade route. “One reason we’re going to have a good turnout is the sense of community among `Star Wars’ fans,” Sansweet said. “There’s going to be a lot of them out there cheering on Grambling and the 501st.” Louisiana’s Grambling State University Band in “Star Wars” costume, two floats and the stormtroopers – 200 enthusiasts from 35 states and 22 countries who are actually good guys raising money for children’s charities when they’re not being stormtroopers – will make up the parade’s “Star Wars” spectacular, Holman said. And yes, there is a tie-in with nature, sort of. PASADENA – Tournament of Roses President Paul Holman is making his list and checking it twice. Color and pageantry: check. Magnificent floral floats: check. High-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands: check. Darth Vader and 200 stormtroopers of the 501st Legion: check. Nothing says “Our Good Nature” like the lord of darkness and his minions, Holman joked about the parade theme. The 2007 Rose Parade will be the first official celebration of the 30th anniversary of the first “Star Wars” movie – the grand marshal is its director, George Lucas, and the fans are expected to be out in, well, force come Jan. 1. last_img