Welcome to the Carolina Garrison website!


The Carolina Garrison is the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion, an all-volunteer international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 6,000 active members representing more than 47 nations. The 501st Legion's aims are to celebrate the Star Wars saga through costuming, to promote the quality and improvement of costumes and props, and most importantly to contribute to the local community through charity and volunteer work.


The 501st Legion legacy started in the Carolinas back in 1997 with Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in Columbia, SC....Now, the 501st Legion is a world-wide organization, well known for charity work, and the preferred costuming group for LucasFilm Limited/Disney when it comes to high profile Star Wars events and TV spots.


Even though the 501st Legion is world-wide and has had over 10 thousand members over the years, there are still some of the very first Legion members still active in the Carolina Garrison. The roots of the 501st are heavily planted here in the Carolinas.



Join the First Through the Door, be a part of the Legacy....



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Leicester Library SW Reading – Asheville Area

Awesome event at a local small town public library! Ton of kids showed up and completely surprised myself and Renee! Arts and crafts tables were

September 19, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug. 30 – Librari-Con (Fayetteville)

Troopers from the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion attended the eighth year of the Cumberland County Librari-Con in Fayetteville, NC. The troopers also presented

September 19, 2014 Mission Reports
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Monster Con July 18-20, 2014 Greenville SC

July 18-20, 2014 Greenville SC Monster Con was just what the name says “a Monster of a Convention” 3 days it was, and all 3

September 19, 2014 Mission Reports
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Sept. 14 – Florence Comic Con 2014

The 2nd Annual Florence Comic Con has come and gone. This year it grew in size from a small art gallery and took place at

September 19, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug 30-31 Cosplay America Con (Raleigh)

Troopers from the Carolina Garrison met at the 2014 Cosplay America convention in Raleigh NC. We were invited to do two panels about the 501st,

September 19, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug 9 -“Page to Screen” Barnes & Noble (Cary)

Barnes and Noble get pop culture event in Cary NC felt the force once again, despite the rain. As Vader made his way threw the

September 19, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug 9, 2014 Owensby Wedding Reception

Lord Vader and his personal escort attended the Owensby wedding reception in Greensboro, NC 2014. Troopers in attendance: Austin T, Stormtrooper Jerry S, Darth Vader

August 17, 2014 Mission Reports
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July 28 – SW Fan Event @ Barnes & Noble Charlotte

Had a great time on Monday night hanging out for one of many nights of “Pop Culture” with the crew at the Barnes & Noble

August 17, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug 9th – Bands, Brews & Books Charlotte

We had a good evening hanging out with locals in the Charlotte area, taking pics and chatting with folks, all while helping to raise money

August 17, 2014 Mission Reports
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(NC) Padilla Wedding July 19, 2014

Two of the Empires finest wedding crashers were sent down to Jamestown, NC on July 19, 2014. Sadly no Ewok’s were harmed and no droids

August 04, 2014 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. ©2014 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.