As 2007 is the 30th anniversary of the very first Star Wars film (A New Hope), this year’s Rose Parade (a yearly parade in Pasadena, California) had a special contribution by the 501st Legion, a group of dedicated Star Wars fans.
They had this to add on their site:
The last day of Rose Parade preparation has come to an end. After presenting George Lucas with a Stormtrooper helmet autographed by 200 parade-attending 501st members and a personalized 501st Legion letterman jacket, the troops performed a quick series marching routines for Grand Marshal Lucas at the Pasadena training grounds. Satisfied with the presentation, the team of drill instructors (comprised of the Legion’s own experienced members led by Col. Anthony Toledo) released the troops to enjoy a few short hours of “down time” before launching 2007 in Star Wars style. Not only is the new year the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, but also the 10th anniversary of the 501st Legion.
It looks like it was a great event.