Star Wars fans celebrate May the 4th with cosplay parade

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
This is the first year since 2019 that Star Wars fans have had the opportunity to show their love for the franchise on May the 4th, so they certainly took full advantage of it. Photo: Courtesy

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. 

The celebration was complete with food and drink, though those in costumes that did not cover their faces used face masks, as is the case with the Obiwan Kenobi Cosplayer picture here. Photo: Courtesy

Earlier: United’s ‘Star Wars’ plane lands at Mérida airport

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. 

Darth Vader and his imperial guard pose for photos from curious onlookers in Mérida’s Centro. Photo: Courtesy
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