Welcome to the Carolina Garrison!


The Carolina Garrison is the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion. Formed by South Carolina residents, Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in August 1997, the 501st Legion has grown to become an all-volunteer / fan-based, international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 9,500 active members representing 6 continents and more than 47 nations. The 501st Legion also contains over 15,500 approved costumes worldwide through its members. Well known for its charity work, the 501st Legion has become the preferred costuming group for Lucasfilm Ltd. / Disney when it comes to high profile Star Wars events.


The 501st Legion strives to celebrate the Star Wars saga through highly-detailed costumes and props, in particular those of the Galactic Empire and other various “bad guy” characters. No matter if you are a current member or interested in joining our ranks, there are many characters to choose from in this vast galaxy created by George Lucas. Characters from the Prequel Trilogy, Original Trilogy, The Clone Wars animated series, Star Wars: Rebels and the new film sagas, beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The options are almost boundless. There is definitely no shortage to the "bad guy characters" you could portray.


If you live in the North & South Carolina borders and are interested in joining the 501st Legion, please sign up on our Carolina Garrison forums today to find out how to take part in the Star Wars universe.



"You've taken your first steps into a larger world" - (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope)


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Nov. 26 – News2 Toys-4-Tots Harbor Cruise (Charleston, SC)

News Channel 2 (Rob Fowler), the Marines, and members of the Navy hosted the annual Toys-4-Tots Harbor Cruise. Spirit Line Crusies allowed people to ride

November 26, 2016 Mission Reports
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Nov. 12 – Elfstravaganza 2016 (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Elfstravaganza is an annual community event kicking off the Holiday Season, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and featuring THE HOTTEST toy trends in the nation with

November 12, 2016 Mission Reports
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Nov. 11-13 – NC ComicCon (Raleigh, NC)

NC ComicCon is a one-of-a-kind annual event with a unique approach geared specifically to the triangle, and it draws in the major creators of today.

November 11, 2016 Mission Reports
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Oct. 23 – Hemby Children’s Hospital Visit (Charlotte, NC)

Well, another October has snuck up on us and that means another visit to the kids at Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Despite the

October 23, 2016 Mission Reports
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Oct. 22 – Crystal Coast Con (Cape Carteret, NC)

This was the 6th annual Crystal Coast Con held at Mack Daddy’s bowling alley and arcade in Cape Carteret NC. They’ve invited us out every

October 22, 2016 Mission Reports
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Oct. 16 – Children’s Day Festival (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

This was the 29th Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Children’s Day Festival. The event was very large and is the most popular event put on

October 16, 2016 Mission Reports
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Sept. 10 – CCPD Family Fun Day (Charleston, SC)

This is the City of Charleston Police Dept.’s annual event for the families of their Police Officers and city invitees. The event was at Brittlebank

September 10, 2016 Mission Reports
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Sept. 9 – Not So Old Toys & Comics Grand Opening (Asheville, NC)

This troop was for Not So Old Toys & Comics opening event in Canton NC. Justice the stores owner reached out to us to help

September 09, 2016 Mission Reports
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Sept. 8 – ‘Weird’ AL Tour 2016 – Wilmington, NC

His Excellency of Weirdness and Nerd-dom – Weird Al – requested our presence the the Cape Fear Performing Arts Center to a near sold out

September 08, 2016 Mission Reports
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Sept. 3 – Librari-Con (Fayetteville, NC)

This was our tenth year supporting this event and it’s always a fun one. 501st and Rebel Legion members hosted a costuming panel and handed

September 03, 2016 Mission Reports
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The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm LLC., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. ©2016 Lucasfilm LLC. & ™ All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
The Carolina Garrison is the only official chapter of the 501st Legion in North and South Carolina. Any use of the name or logo(s) of the 501st Legion and/or Carolina Garrison by other groups is unofficial and not approved by the Garrison or Legion unless otherwise stated.