Because 2007 will be the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, George Lucas will be the grand marshal. And also because of this, the 501st Legion will be marching in the parade.
Having a lot of Star Wars stuff in the parade sounds cool. Maybe some of the actors from the original movie, or a bunch of wookies. But no. This will be a large gathering of the Imperial Stormtroopers marching by in review.
The 501st has a long and hilarious history of charity appearances, each of which is more like an Onion article than the others. And they're just costumed nerds, I know.
So I guess it's perfectly fine to have the brutal, oppressive cannon fodder minions of the dark Empire marching proudly in our parade. You know, the ones who kill and burn Luke's family at the beginning of the original movie. And it's totally cool also to have a group named after the Nazi murderers who slaughtered millions of innocents in a horrific war of aggression, carrying out the most notorious genocide in the history of mankind. In fact, it should be awesome!
No wait, it's that other thing: shockingly ignorant and offensive!
Someone please tell me this is a long drawn-out prank by Mel Brooks. Please.
Edit:Lucas' extensive ripoffs from The Triumph of the Will just aren't helping here either. Pasadena is the new Nuremberg.