Bun up to mark Princess Leia Day

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There can only be one Car­rie Fisher, but there can be more than 600 Princess Leias.

At least, that’s the hope of a Porirua cou­ple who are plan­ning a world record break­ing gath­er­ing of peo­ple wear­ing the iconic ‘‘cin­na­mon bun’’ hair­style.

Nikky and Chris Winch­ester, both 44, are or­gan­is­ing the world’s first Princess Leia Day in Welling­ton in June.

Their aim is to set a new Gui­ness World Record for the largest gath­er­ing of peo­ple dressed as princesses.

The cur­rent record, set in the UK, stands at 341, while a sub­se­quent un­of­fi­cial gath­er­ing clocked 537.

The Winch­esters hope to beat both by as­sem­bling at least 600 Leias in Welling­ton’s Civic Square.

Nikky en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pants to put their own twist on the Star Wars icon.

‘‘We want Leias of all gen­ders and none, baby Leias, el­derly Leias, jug­gling Leias, steam­punk Leias, bur­lesque Leias, bearded Leias, Leias with wheel­chairs, Leias on stilts, and Leias with ukule­les! Size, shape, age, colour, sex­u­al­ity, na­tion­al­ity - the more di­verse the bet­ter,’’ she said.

How­ever, to make the event hap­pen the Winch­esters need to raise at least $5000.

Their only hope is the Arts Foun­da­tion-run crowd­fund­ing plat­form Boosted, where they are hop­ing peo­ple will do­nate to sup­port the pro­ject.

‘‘It’s sur­pris­ing how much these things cost to put to­gether,’’ Nikky said.

‘‘Just the in­surance alone is more than $1000, and then there are costs for stag­ing and tech­ni­cal equip­ment.’’

They need to raise $5000 to hold the event and $7000 to have the Guin­ness Book of Records check the record. Any do­na­tions over that amount will go to the In­ter­na­tional Bipo­lar Foun­da­tion and the New Zealand Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion.

The event is on Saturday, June 3 - the same week­end as an­nual geek con­ven­tion Ar­maged­don.

It will com­mem­o­rate the 40th an­niver­sary of Star Wars, as well as the late Car­rie Fisher, who played Leia in the films.

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