Whether you're religious or not, the run up to Lent is a strange time to be alive. Here in the U.S., we have Mardi Gras, Brazil has Carnival, and Spain has, uh, dancing Stormtroopers. Actually, the parade put on in the village of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain may not yet be a national event. It does draw quite the crowd, however.
Why this little seaside town, just north of Gibraltar, has people lining the rooftops come Fat Tuesday is a little something called "The Jedi Church Procession of the Knights of the New Hope." While there are a lot of terms in that title that seem to denote the heroes of the original Star Wars trilogy, the majority of the parade seems to actually be made up of DIY Stormtrooper costumes and dance moves. There's even a dancing Darth Vader keeping the troops in line.
The Empire doesn't have a complete monopoly on the festivities, however. The cherry on top of this dancing Star Wars sundae is an animatronic Millennium Falcon float, complete with running lights and a turret gun. The whole procession looks like a ton of fun, and an idea that we think should be recreated in earnest at comic cons.