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Festivities fit for a princess.
Since Carrie Fisher’s untimely death Tuesday at the age of 60, fans the world over have been watching her movies, creating works of art, and sharing some of her best quotes on social media. But for some, the online mourning isn’t enough: They’re turning to fellow Star Wars fans in their communities for real-world tributes fit for a princess.
Here are some of our favorites from around the nation.
1) Alamo Drafthouse’s lightsaber vigil
The Alamo Drafthouse, a Texas-based chain of movie theaters famous for its no-talking PSAs and quirky preshow entertainment, quickly assembled a vigil scheduled for tonight outside one of its landmark cinemas in Austin. One twist: Instead of candlelight, mourners will be carrying lightsabers and glow sticks.
According to the press release, the event is open to Jedis, Wookiees, Bounty Hunters, Ewoks, and Stormtroopers alike. The vigil starts at 6:30pm local time on Tuesday evening. If it’s half as moving as the Harry Potter–themed wand tribute in Orlando, it will be a sight to behold.
2) Hollywood Walk of Fame
Though Fisher doesn’t have an official star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that hasn’t stopped fans from setting up an impromptu one for paying tribute to the fallen princess.
Though the text is a little blurred in the photo above, it reads:
May the Force be with you always.
The site of the star has been bustling all day long:
The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Hollywood’s Chamber of Commerce for comment on the arrangement and had not heard back as of press time.
3) Baylor University marching band
Marching band routines take months of practice to get just right, so this Star Wars themed performance from Baylor is simply a well-timed coincidence.
Still, fans appreciate the timely tip of the cap to some Star Wars greats, finding a little light on a day that felt gripped by the Dark Side.
4) Baby Leia
When they heard the news their favorite princess had been rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack, Christopher and Angela Tapsell were bound for the hospital themselves, where they would welcome a baby girl into the world on Dec. 25.
According to the Daily Post, Christopher had wanted to name all five of their children after Star Wars characters, but Angela hadn’t allowed any of it until now. Leia Tapsell entered the world at approximately 10:04am local time.
Monica Riese now serves as the Daily Dot’s director of production, having previously been the publication’s entertainment editor and assistant managing editor. She is based in Austin, Texas, and formerly contributed to the Austin Chronicle, where her breaking news work was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.