The Grand Tradition of the Running of the Wilrow Hoods from Star Wars Celebration

True Star Wars fans know who Wilrow Hood is, hero of Cloud City who can be seen running in the background of Empire Strikes Back clutching his trusty ice cream maker. He has become a favorite for many cosplayers and fans, and a big part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities with the “Running of the Wilrow Hoods”.

This year, over 100 Woods slow-dance-ran through the winding convention center of McCormick Place, chanting “ice cream ice cream” throughout their path.

The Grand Tradition of the Running of the Wilrow Hoods from Star Wars Celebration
This may have been one of the largest collections of runners for the group yet.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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