If four days of non-stop “Star Wars” excitement at the official Star Wars Celebration 2017 convention weren’t enough, on Saturday night the famous 501st Legion threw a wild bash that brought the famous Cantina to life.
The 501st Legion is a massive fan-created organization with more than 10,000 members. In celebration of the their 20th Anniversary, the streets of Mos Eisley and its watering hole filled with scum and villainy were brought to life for a party at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Twi’leks and other interplanetary locals appeared for authenticity, walking on stilts, hanging out at the bar, and literally hanging high above the heads of costumed attendees.
The evening’s highlight was a private performance by 501st Legion honorary member “Weird Al” Yankovic, who rocked for a solid hour. This was a no-frills performance with no costume changes and no video clips, instead filled with obscure songs normally not heard live including “Albuquerque,” much to fans’ delight. Naturally, the band’s set ended with Al’s two classic Star Wars-inspired songs, “The Saga Begins” and “Yoda.”
The Cantina experience also included plenty of photo-worthy set pieces and a corner of the ballroom was made over into an ’80s arcade filled with classic “Star Wars” games.
It was a perfect way to celebrate the milestone for the 501st Legion, a group that has collectively raised more than $2 million for charities worldwide.
More photos from the 501st Bash at Star Wars Celebration 2017:
(Photos by Ricky Brigante & Mike Celestino)