Members of the 501st Legion don’t do anything halfheartedly. They are required to wear screen accurate costumes in order to be a member, and it can take tons of hours to put them together. It takes dedication. So when they decide to make a Death Star for a parade float, you can bet they take the time to do it right.
The space station that is definitely not a moon was featured in the Bartlett, Illinois Independence Day parade. They had to design something formidable that could be transported 150 miles and fit under the 15′ limit for the parade route. They found that a 10′ gray advertising balloon did the trick, and then they used a saucer shaped sled for the laser weapon. Genius.
They used different shades of what looks to be duct tape (maybe 50 different ones, I’m not counting) to achieve the Death Star look. I bet parade viewers were thrilled to see it.
See in progress pics after the break.