Krewe of Chewbacchus announces new route and new galactic order



The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus and its more than 150 subkrewes dedicated to Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and many other sci-fi and fantasy themes tweaks its parade route every year. For 2018, it is eliminating the long trek down St. Claude Avenue to Castillo Blanco. The Carnival group made several announcements including the theme "Get on Board the Mothership" and the route for its Feb. 3 parade.

The krewe will lineup on Press Street, proceed to Frenchmen Street and St. Claude Avenue and return to Press Street. Instead of a single krewe ball following the parade, there will be multiple parties organized by subkrewes. There also will be a large party at the Art Garage.

Royalty for the 2018 parade are the krewe's trio of founders, Ryan Ballard, Kirah Haubrich and Brett Powers. After their reign, they will hand over leadership of the krewe to a new "Overboard."

The krewe holds its annual Set Your Phasers to Stunning fashion and talent show at The Howlin' Wolf Sat. Jan. 13. Contestants can walk the runway or present a talent to the judges. Top prize is a lifetime membership in the krewe. There's music by the Browncoat Brass band. Admission is $10.  

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