Nearly a score of stormtroopers, Jedi knights, and denizens of Tatooine celebrated the holidaty season at the Manchester Spirit of Christmas parade on December 1st. Led by Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, the members of the New England Garrison and Alderaan Base enjoyed the festive snowfall and night-time parade, illuminating the entire route with lightsabers, blaster rifles, and a weaponized candy cane. Fans of all ages were delighted to see their favorite Star Wars heroes and villains.
The Manchester holiday parade has become a staple and favorite of the local Legions, even drawing a few members who drove two hours from another event earlier in the day to attend the Parade. As 2012 draws to a close and sights are set on what 2013 will bring, the Spirit of Christmas parade brings a positive feeling of closure to a great year of Trooping.