This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of Star Wars Celebration II. The event started on May 3, 2002 and went until May 5, 2002.
I was there with my friend Jason Collier. Above is a card advertising the event. It’s autographed by Daniel Logan, the kid who played Boba Fett, and RA Salvatore who wrote the novelization.
Jason and I also attended Star Wars Celebration I in Denver. I talked about Celebration I on it’s 10th anniversary in 2009.
So Celebration I was held in Denver. The powers-that-be decided to move it to what they thought was a more “central” location. It was announced that Celebration II would be held at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IN. Honestly, I was a bit excited about the announcement. I’d never been to Indianapolis and I heard it was a really nice city. So with my wife’s blessings Jason and I planned our second trip to a Star Wars Celebration.
Right away, this convention proved that it was going to be a lot more “formal” than the last convention. There was going to be a proper “Autograph Alley” where fans could get autographs of their favorite stars which Celebration I didn’t have. And there were going to be really big stars putting in appearances like Hayden Christensen, the newly minted Anakin Skywalker, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and the return of Anthony Daniels as emcee of the festivities. Also, there was going to be a LOT more convention merchandise as well as an exclusive action figure developed to be sold only at Celebration. This Celebration was shaping up to be a “real” convention as opposed to the loose “gathering” of Celebration I.
Jason and I bought three days passes, which had a picture of Hayden as Anakin.
Celebration I had Darth Maul on the three day pass.
I took off work on Thursday and Friday and we arrived in Indianapolis on Thursday night and showed up at the convention several hours early on Friday morning. Here’s the front of the RCA Dome. I was able to catch it when the sign flashed up Star Wars.