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Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Force celebrated with friends and families along Water Street


Above / According to Star Wars, Jawas are “meter-tall humanoids completely hidden behind rough, hand-woven robes. Their faces are concealed within the dark folds of a cowl, from which peer their sickly glowing yellow eyes.” During May the Fourth festivities along Water Street, the costumed characters also enjoyed giving fist bumps. (PN Photo)

When all those friends from another galaxy arrived, the evening was sunny and bright from 6:30 to 8PM Thurs., May 4, in downtown Naperville. All ages joined The Force on May the Fourth known as “Star Wars Day,” a special event when the Downtown Naperville Alliance  welcomed folks with cameras to take plenty of photos.

Costumed characters from a galaxy far, far away took over Water Street from Main to Webster streets for a free family-friendly meet and greet to celebrate the spirit of Star Wars that first hit the big screen in 1977.

Unlike last year when the attractive event was one hour, this year’s event was extended to 90 minutes-plus and moved from Main Street to Water Street.

More than likely, the event would be broadcast on the 24-7 Stream for ABC7 Chicago News. And it was.

Very definitely, after The Force is long gone, the 9-foot tall Dick Tracy bronze likeness, a Century Walk sculpture, will remain along the Riverwalk with time on his hands for fun photos.

Kids said these characters were “Emperor Guards.” (PN Photo)
Storm Troopers greeted cameras of all types. (PN Photo)
Darth Vader and friends were available for photos from 6:30 to 8PM. (PN Photo)
Cad Bane is described as “a ruthless bounty hunter” and “the preeminent blaster-for-hire in the galaxy.” But that’s not Cad Bane in this photo! A FB reader helped us with his correct identification as Star Wars character General Admiral Thrawn. No one was able to identify his companion for this caption… Then we received another update:  She was portraying Governor Pryce.  (PN Photo)
The Mandalorian, a lone bounty hunter, traveled in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic and ended up on Water Street. (PN Photo)
Jawas found a new friend on Water Street. (PN Photo)
Abc7 Chicago Eyewitness News was on the scene, likely taking images of the family fun along Water Street in downtown Naperville for the evening newscast. Stay tuned. (PN Photo)
Dick Tracy stands 9 feet tall around the clock along the Riverwalk, just east of the Moser Covered Bridge at Webster Street. (PN Photo)

Come on down to all the sights and sounds of downtown Naperville. Discover the Riverwalk where paddleboats soon will be available to rent at the Jaycees Marina. Enjoy public art that includes the internationally-known crime stopper and dozens of designs that help tell the story of this community. This summer, seats will fly into the landscape with whimsical designs created by local artists.

On Saturday morning, June 17, the annual car show returns along Jackson Avenue.

Find plenty of great places to shop in between meals in the heart of the City. Enjoy dozens of eateries, sweet shops and ice cream stores.

Save the date! May the Fourth return in 2024.

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