Who Are We?
The Kaiju Flambeaux Corps is one of the newest and most ambitious groups to join the ranks of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. In fine BacchanALIEN form, we are updating the ancient parade tradition of processional torchbearers with space age technology and DIY artistry.
What Is A "Kaiju"?
"Kaiju" are the 'giant monsters' of Japanese cinema such as Godzilla and Rodan. We are creating a New Orleanian Kaiju of our very own for the Chewbacchus Parade... a 10 foot tall fire-breathing robotic MechaGator!
This monstrous guardian of the swamps will roll at the head of the Chewbacchus parade on February 22, 2014 (pending NOFD and neighborhood association approval) and will make appearances at regional and national festivals for years to come.
What Is A "Flambeaux"?
“Flambeaux” are traditional kerosene lamps on poles that lit the way for parade floats before electricity. They remain a cherished part of Mardi Gras celebrations. We are also building a series of modernized Flambeaux "Sticks" that will run on clean burning propane controlled by high-tech electronics and valves. While staying true to traditional forms, these controlled flame effects will boldly go where no flambeaux has gone before. Our artists will craft the usual sheet metal reflectors into fabulous cityscapes menaced by Kaiju creatures of nightmare and fantasy.
The Kaiju Flambeaux Corps needs YOUR support in our quest to bring our new version of amazing flame effects to Mardi Gras and beyond. We have assembled a crack team of engineers, designers, builders, programmers, artists and doers from the amazing talent pool in the Krewe of Chewbacchus and the New Orleans Burner Community. Our long-term goal is to use inspiring projects to harness the incredible talents of our group of incredible drunken nerds for the benefit of the people, culture and environment of New Orleans.
What We Need & What You Get
Our goal is to raise $2,000 via Indiegogo to support this incredible project. The Krewe of Chewbacchus has supported and funded the creation of the MechaGator to the tune of $1,000 already. The trailer, chassis and steel armature of the beast is well on its way towards completion. The New Orleans Burner Community has also invested their time, energy and resources to create a working propane vaporizer unit. We have also built a working prototype of our Flambeaux "Sticks".
Our $2,000 Indiegogo Goal will give us $1,000 to match the Chewbacchus funding for the MechaGator and finish it. It will also give us a $1,000 budget to build two complete Flambeaux "Sticks".
If we exceed our $2,000 funding goal the extra funds will be used to add a whole range of upgrades to the MechaGator and Flambeaux Sticks including: LEDs, Fog Machines, Lasers, Interactive Audio and other Special FX. We promise to spend the money on making these awesome toys even MORE incredible!
We have some truly awesome rewards for people who donate to our cause, including stickers, t-shirts, mono-prints, homemade MechaGator Mardi Gras beads and more!