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If you have a sudden desire to break in your new Jedi Consular robes this weekend, you still have until Sunday to make it to the Star Wars Celebration IV in Orlando Florida, the officially endorsed convention for the sci-fi classic.
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Don't worry, it's not a trap.
For those unfamiliar with fan conventions, the Celebration hosts a steady stream of panels relating to the Star Wars mythos, hosted and manned by iconic actors from the franchise's various iterations. This year, Mark Hamill, Ian McDiarmid, Seth Green, and Carrie Fisher are attending as special guests to the convention.
The events' site advertises that "both hardcore and casual fans will gather to have fun while celebrating their passion for all things Star Wars, discovering what's new, and being the first to see what's next. It's four fun-filled days of exhibits, a vibrant, interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, and other surprises."
Much like comic-con, many fans prowl the show floor dressed as their favorite characters, poring through merchandise in between panels. The surreal setting feels far removed from everyday life, as everyone in the convention center immerses themselves in their favorite stories. It is an intensely personal, yet public display of passion.
If you have not been able to make it to the first two days of the convention, you can still a buy single day ticket for Saturday at the price of $65, or $60 for Sunday.
If you are unable to attend, Sirius XM is broadcasting "Star Wars Celebration Radio" live from the show floor. You can listen by tuning into Sirius channel 123, XM channel 142, and channel 770 online.
Place: Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando
Time: 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Exhibition hall closes at 7 p.m. today-Saturday, and at 5 p.m. Sunday.
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