Fanatics out in force for Star Wars Day

THE spiritual and monastic Jedi Order in the 1977 film  Star Wars  prompted a real life following that saw more than 65,000 Australians list their religion as Jediism in the 2011 Census.

Stormtrooper Nick Bishop, Jedi Dan Chugg, Sith Anita Gillman and Jawa Tee Kay gear up for May the 4th.

Stormtrooper Nick Bishop, Jedi Dan Chugg, Sith Anita Gillman and Jawa Tee Kay gear up for May the 4th.

These followers and film fanatics across the globe will be taking to the streets today for Star Wars Day with the catchphrase ``May the 4th Be With You''; a chant similar to one used in the cult classic film.

Yesterday, costume clad fans patrolled the streets of Launceston and met up with The Joker and Catwoman at Guf Goodgames Launceston, who were also celebrating Free Comic Day.

Among those included Jedi Dan Chugg and Sith Anita Gillman, of Launceston.

Mr Chugg didn't list his religion as Jedi in the Census but said it was an interesting movement.

He said  Star Wars  was a film with great morals.

``The Jedi ideals are something to look up to - compassion and looking after the people around you,'' Mr Chugg said.

He and Anita Gillman, 26, have started the Star Wars Light Saber Club, which practices saber combat every month.

A  Star Wars  movie marathon in Hobart began yesterday and ends today, attended by Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion's Thylacine Squad, who are fund-raising for the Starlight Foundation.

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