In May of 2023, I was in Los Angeles with a friend. He was there for work and I went to play. We arrived on a Wednesday. The next day was Thursday, May the 4th.
I had heard that they were giving a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Carrie Fisher and was interested in going.
On Thursday morning, I woke up and had breakfast at the hotel. It was about 10am when I looked to see what time the ceremony was being held. For some reason, I thought it would be about 3pm.
I was wrong. It was starting very soon. Luckily, I was already dressed so I got an Uber to Hollywood boulevard. I arrived right when the ceremony was beginning.
As you can see, there was no way to get up close.
This was cool.
They closed off Hollywood boulevard for the crowd.
I was able to snap some shots of Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker.
He gave a good speech.
Carrie Fisher was the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She was born October 21st, 1956 in Burbank, CA. She died December 27th, 2016 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
This confused me at first… it is a photo of Princess Leia but it is Billie Lourd, Carrie’s daughter.
This is the view from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
After the ceremony was over, there were several people lined up on the sidewalk to get a pic of the Star.
There were about 30+ people waiting by a security guard. The crew was taking down the tents and the guard wasn’t letting anybody in the area until the crew was finished.
On my side, I was the only one waiting to get a pic. The security guard by me was letting people in the blocked off area to go to this one store that was inside the working area of the crew.
After a while, he told me that if I wanted to say that I was going to that store, he would let me in the area and I could take my pic while going to the store.
I thanked him and stepped behind the barrier and walked to the store. Carrie’s Star was right by the door of this store in the roped off area. I stopped, snapped a few pics and went into the store.
I checked my pics and then walked back out again and was on my way.
The press obviously got the first pics of the Star during the ceremony. I was the first person to photograph Carrie’s Star before it was opened up to the public. First!
Mark Hamill’s Star, which was nearby.
Later in the day, a friend and I walked by the Star after the crowds had gone. This is a favorite pic of mine.
Being present for this ceremony was really cool and I got some great pics.
I visited several attractions while in Los Angeles and those blog posts are coming up so stay tuned.
To see the pics from my Los Angeles trip, visit the link below and click on Photos.