2015 Parade Entry: "Special Award"

Star Wars Episode MMXV: the Darth inVaders, Buckthorn and Barberry!

From the Spring 2016 Newsletter:

I’m not sure if JJ Abrams felt the earth move last July, Madeline Island being pretty far from Hollywood by any measure, but he should have. What a turnout, what creativity, what incredible authenticity in the MIWP’s Fourth of July parade float Star Wars MMXV: The Buckthorn Strikes Back (previously: The Darth inVaders)! Did you see the terrifying Death Star (a weather balloon only semi-inflated because we were afraid it might pop, less magnificent but safer)? How about the multiple Darth inVaders themselves? The many and beautiful Princess Leias? Sweet R2D2, a garbage can in a previous life but so real that small children ran out and hugged him? For all of this, and so much more, the judges awarded us the coveted and special Special Award. Richly deserved, if I do say so myself.
— Victoria Erhart, MIWP President

From the Spring 2015 Newsletter:

For the 2015 parade, the MIWP is going to re-celebrate (see Buckthorn Buckaroos 2008 photo below) our ongoing battle with invasive species in: Star Wars Episode MMXV: the Darth inVaders, Buckthorn and Barberry!

 Here’s a photo from our 2008 winner, “Buckthorn Buckaroos”

Here’s a photo from our 2008 winner, “Buckthorn Buckaroos”

Watch as the massive malevolence of the inVaders tries to obliterate our humble band of heroes. Look for Princess Leia’s side-buns, a heavy dose of capes and boots, and cameo appearances by the Actual Interns fighting the good fight. And much more! An epic saga on this scale (how big is a Death Star anyway?) can only succeed with your help.

Please join us: wear white or black, and we will provide masks, weaponry, and identities. Meet at the Marina one half hour prior to parade time (the parade usually starts at 10:30 AM but check with the Chamber of Commerce) under the MIWP banner. Everyone of any age, species or planetary origin is welcome! 

For questions, call Victoria Erhart in early July.