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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March 24 – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Star Wars Night (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Members of the Carolina Garrison invaded Myrtle Beach on Friday, March 24, 2015 for “Star Wars Night” at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game. We

April 24, 2015 Mission Reports
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March 28 & 29- Brickuniverse 2015 (Raleigh, NC)

This was an AMAZING event. We had a huge table space, displaying many helmets, props, Jawas, Gonk droid, and even a LEGO army diorama on

March 28, 2015 Mission Reports
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March 21 & 22- SC ComicCon 2015 (Greenville, SC)

The 2015 SC Comic Con in Greenville SC was beyond impressive most impressive!  This Con has only been around for two years but has the

March 21, 2015 Mission Reports
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March 7 & 8 – 7th Annual Captain’s Comics Expo (Charleston, SC)

Captain’s Comics and Toys of Charleston, SC once again invited the Carolina Garrison to join in the fun at their 7th annual Captain’s Comic Expo. 

March 07, 2015 Mission Reports
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Jan. 25 – SC Stingrays Star Wars Night (Charleston, SC)

This was the 3rd appearance for the Carolina Garrison for Star Wars Day with the SC Stingrays. They had a few fun events planned for

January 25, 2015 Mission Reports
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Jan. 14 – Marvel Star Wars #001 Release (Charlotte, NC)

Members of the Carolina Garrison were on hand to attend the Marvel Star Wars #001 release party in the Charlotte-area at Rebel Base Comics and

January 14, 2015 Mission Reports
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Oct 14th – Star Wars Night at the Hop, Asheville, NC

Any sane person would have stayed at home when the news was calling for flash floods and a tornado watch, but that didn’t stop 3

October 14, 2014 Mission Reports
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Oct 11th – SWRD Barnes & Noble, Fayetteville, NC

Once again Imperial and Rebel forces, due to lack of gainful employment in the battle for control of the galaxy, resorted to entertaining the Imperial

October 11, 2014 Mission Reports
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Oct 11th, Roper Mtn / Barnes & Noble

We may have been small in numbers for the Roper Mountain Science Center, Barnes & Noble Spartanburg, & Barnes & Noble Greenville locations but we

October 11, 2014 Mission Reports
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Oct 5th SupahPop Con, Columbia, SC

Hey gang, A little late getting the report in. What I assumed would be a sad, half-informed attempt by the local comic shop owner to

October 05, 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.