Fans of Star Wars gathered in front of several iconic monuments in Mérida to pose for photos on “Star Wars Day,” May the 4th.
In 1979 fans of the original Star Wars movie, released in 1977, chose May the 4th as Star Wars day because of its phonetic similarity with the phrase “May the force,” as in “May the force be with you.”
The costumes on display featured various characters from the beloved franchise including imperial storm troopers, clone troopers, royal guards, and of course, Darth Vader himself.
Cosplay or costume play is an activity and performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to embody specific characters from history or fiction.
The activity has grown in popularity over the past decade or so in Yucatán and now is the main attraction at several yearly expos and conventions.
Cosplayers often also congregate at openings of their favorite movies or video game releases.