New Orleans Parade Honors Carrie Fisher

Tap-dancing Princess Leias led the way.
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2016 10:02 AM CST
New Orleans Parade Honors Carrie Fisher
Laura Bell, dressed as Princess Leia from the original "Star Wars" movie, holds her daughter Luna Bell, dressed as Leia from "The Empire Strikes Back."   (Gerald Herbert)

Carrie Fisher was honored New Orleans style Friday as thousands of people joined a parade in honor of the late star and her most famous role. The "Interergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus" Mardi Gras crew organized the parade through the city, which featured many marchers dressed as Princess Leia and other Star Wars characters, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. It was led by a tap-dancing group of marchers in Princess Leia costumes who called themselves the "Leijorettes." They were followed by a brass band that played the Star Wars theme. Fisher died Tuesday at age 60.

Marchers and spectators—including those dressed in Star Wars costumes—acknowledged that there was a lot more to Fisher than the Princess Leia role. "Probably my first introduction to her was Star Wars, but she as a person was really important," marcher Jacquleyn Ryan told the AP. "Her activism, her mental health awareness, her activism for women, her unapologetic attitude about youth and beauty in Hollywood really spoke to me," she said. A joint funeral for Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds, who died the day after her, has been announced. (More Carrie Fisher stories.)

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