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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta General Info: PLEASE READ ME

 
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raiderj33 (Jenn Darnell)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:17 am    Post subject: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta General Info: PLEASE READ ME Reply with quote

Some general trooping information for EVERYONE trooping the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. There is a lot of info so please read it all.

GENERAL INFORMATION

•This is a high profile event with lots of photo-ops and media. The AIBF is recognized as the most photographed events in the world. Everybody has a camera and you will be in hundreds of pictures. In addition, local and national media are present.

•We will have fair but not unlimited number of entry passes and parking permits. We will issue them for each event and collect them before we leave so we have them for the next event. Be prepared to carpool and/or pitch in to pay for parking.

•We will meet at the west end of the Target parking lot at Paseo del Norte and I-25, consolidate people and bins into as few vehicles as possible and car pool onto the Balloon Fiesta grounds.

•As such, space will be at a premium. If you have a smaller travel bin, please bring it instead of your large bin. We usually try to have a variety of vehicles including trucks, etc. so you might not actually be in the same vehicle with your bin.

TROOPER INFORMATION

This is a CANON TROOP. Rebel Legion or 501st Legion Approved Costumes ONLY.

•No blasters, guns, etc. Light Sabers for Vader/Jedi are ok. The AIBF is strict about this so TAKE YOUR BLASTERS OUT OF YOUR BINS before you come to the Fiesta. You don't want to accidentally put it on out of habit.

•For the morning troops, we will be changing in the Balloon Fiesta parking lot before dawn. Expect it to be cold and dark. Plan on bringing your winter UnderArmor (or two sets of regular weight). A flashlight or camping lantern in your bin might help.

•On the other hand, the evening troops can be warm so be ready to be flexible. While we dress while it's still light out, we will be undressing after dark so again the lanterns and flashlights are helpful.

•There is an individual trooping thread for morning and evening events and will have details for meeting time and place.

•When we are moving from one point to another (like parking lot to the field) we should not stop for pictures. Politely tell them to come to the field. If we stop for one picture, many more will follow.

•Vader Trooping: Things change when we have a Vader in the mix vader
From a bad experience in '08 with David being mobbed and better experience in '09 with Frank, we have a plan. We will need at least two assertive and patient handlers for Vader. Vader will need to stand with his back to the trailer or something else. One handler will stay right with Vader while the other manages the line and cues the next excited fan for a picture. Once the line is established, it goes pretty well.

I know this seems like a lot of info but this is a huge event and we want you to be as prepared as possible.

As we are coordinating our troops with the Dewback Ridge Garrison-Please be sure to post which troops you're planning on attending so we'll have a rough estimate of the number of troopers and handlers for each event!



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fiesta Meeting Recap: 2017

Costume Reverence:
-when trooping do so respectfully & professionally... remember you're the character you're portraying!

-Mind your manners-remember please & thank you & watch your language.

-If you're wearing a helmet/mask, leave it on unless you're experiencing an emergency- THEN GET A HANDLER

-Weapons: light sabers ONLY! NO EXCEPTIONS! No arrest poses, no stabbing poses.

Parking & Trooping:
- Meet & Departure times are posted on the troop threads-please don't be late, the caravan will not wait.

-Expect to pitch in for parking. We only have 6 passes & that just won't cover the 40-60 people we have Trooping on the weekends. You are welcome to take your own vehicle and pay the $15 for daily parking or carpool & pitch in to share parking expense.

-Consolidate your bin as much as possible to conserve space.

Handlers:
- There will be a Head Handler at each troop. This person will conduct daily briefings to remind people of ettiquet, get trooper & handler head counts, & assign handlers to face characters like Vader, Chewie, & Ahsoka.

-When the handlers give the signal to go, we are going. Period.

Galactic Academy:
- If you bring your kid with you to the troop, you are responsible for your kid. Meaning, each kid in costume must have a handler & that handler is the parent or guardian. We will not be assigning handlers to your children.

-Know your kid's limits! These troops average 3 hours each. Please be prepared.

Weather:
- We can't control it. We are at the mercy of the weather and the balloons. Please be patient and flexible.
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