When roaming the Joint Forces Training base in Los Alamitos California, glimpsing Chewbacca through displays of SWAT mobile command centers, vintage and exotic cars and various aircraft is definitely unexpected. But one may never know exactly where the Dark Side Riders (TDSR) may strike. On Sunday, October 25 the 14th Annual Wings, Wheels and Rotors event took place in Los Alamitos, California. The event celebrates the vehicles of military and emergency services past, and present as well as vintage and exotic vehicles for civilian fun. The Dark Side Riders were there, mingling with event-goers to build public awareness of their priceless support for groups and concerns such as America’s Baby Cancer Foundation and autism. Adults and children alike delighted in the opportunity to meet and to have a picture taken with a favorite hero from the franchise.
Cosplay recreates many favorite costumes and characters of popular science fiction. A number of individuals have captured media attention by combining a love of cosplay with a love of fellow human beings. The late Route 29 Batman (Leonard Robinson) spent his time and money by creating a living Batman to bring a moment of joy to terminally ill children. Several groups have sprung up over the globe who find ways of using the love of cosplay to give back to the community.
The Dark Side Riders focus on characters from Star Wars, and have chapters in California, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Oregon, Florida and London, England. Grabbing a piece of the TDSR action is as easy as a Facebook search, where you can find lots of pictures of their past events.
For more information, look them up on Facebook on The Dark Side Riders Facebook page. You can also find them on Twitter. If you want to contribute, here’s their GoFundMe page.
Whatever social media you use, look for the hash tag them #cosplayforcharity. You’ll find them there.