Chewbacchus, now a ‘satirical space cult,’ to emulate Burning Man at an undisclosed New Orleans location _lowres

Advocate staff photo by REBECCA RATLIFF -- Members of the Krewe of Chewbacchus parade through the streets in science fiction and fantasy themed costumes on Saturday, Feb 7, 2015, in New Orleans.

The Krewe of Chewbacchus, self-proclaimed “drunken nerds,” will expand its mission from a Carnival marching krewe to an art and camping festival, with the first event this Oct. 15-18. The Ignition art and camping event has the theme “Chewburnitall,” a mashup of the krewe’s namesake Chewbacca, from “Star Wars,” with a nod to the Burning Man festival.

Burning Man, in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, features camping and art installations, many of which are burned for creative expression. The New Orleans weekend will climax with the burning of a giant wicker effigy of Chewbacca the Wookiee and also will feature art installations and music by attendees.

Many of the subkrewes of Chewbacchus will use their creativity and building skills to create theme camps at the festival, according to the group’s Facebook announcement.

The location of the weekend event is still to be announced but is listed as a “hidden oasis just minutes from downtown New Orleans.” Food trucks and drink vendors will be on-site.

This event comes as part of the krewe’s new self-declaration as a “Satirical Space Cult” rather than solely a Mardi Gras krewe.