Carrie Fisher, the pioneering actress who portrayed Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movies, will be honored Friday night with a lightsaber vigil at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. The activities will start at 7 p.m., according to a Facebook post.
Fisher died on Tuesday at the age of 60 following a cardiac episode that occurred on a flight to Los Angeles the week before. Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, passed away a day after her daughter’s death at the age of 84.
Mark Edwards, who is organizing the Seattle vigil, said he came up with the idea after noticing that Star Wars’ fans were holding similar events in his home state of Texas.
“I searched online to see if anything similar was happening locally and, when I couldn’t find anything, I decided to try and put something together myself,” Edwards told KIRO 7. “I have been amazed at the response so far. It’s a real testament to Carrie, to see these people coming together with a shared passion.”
Here’s the event description from Facebook:
Carrie Fisher was an Icon. A beloved figure both on and off screen. Let us say farewell by gathering together on Friday, December 30th as we celebrate the life of our favorite Princess. Join us at Seattle Center right by the Fisher Pavilion at 7pm. Bring as many lightsabers as you can carry. Don’t have a saber? Glow sticks and flashlights are just as good. Feel free to come in plain clothes or costumes. All are welcome here. At 7:30 we will have a moment of silence followed by our lightsaber tribute. We will light up the sky as we say farewell to Carrie. Afterwards, feel free to hang around and mingle with fellow fans, have lightsaber battles, or just enjoy the scenery. Carrie is now one with the Force, and May the Force be with us all.