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....


Nov. 16 – Star Wars Battlefront Midnight Release (Charleston, SC)

Members of the Carolina Garrison, in the N. Charleston sector, attended the midnight release for the new Star Wars Battlefront video game at Best Buy.

November 16, 2015 Mission Reports

Nov. 16 – Star Wars Battlefront Midnight Release (Conway, SC)

Snowtrooper TS-16660 showing up for a solo mission to make sure all my fellow Star Wars fans go home and kick some rebel scum around. 

November 16, 2015 Mission Reports

Nov. 13 – Holiday Elfstravaganza (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Members of the Carolina Garrison and Brad Butler of the Blue Ridge Base – Rebel Legion, attending the 5th annual Holiday Elfstravaganza in Mt. Pleasant,

November 14, 2015 Mission Reports

Oct. 31 – Hemby Children’s Hospital Visit (Charlotte, NC)

If it’s October then it must be time for the Carolina Garrison and Blue Ridge Base’s bi-annual visit to Hemby Children’s Hospital. We had a

October 31, 2015 Mission Reports

Oct. 24 – Asheville Comic Expo (Asheville, NC)

We had another great year at the Asheville Comic Expo! The Carolina Garrison had a nice table setup and photo area that featured a Tatooine

October 24, 2015 Mission Reports

Oct. 24 – Private Bday Party / Make-A-Wish Fundraiser (Columbia, SC)

On Saturday, October 24, two members of the Garrison attending a special birthday party appearance.  As you all know, we normally don’t do birthday parties. 

October 24, 2015 Mission Reports

Oct. 10 – 4th Annual Star Wars Reads Day (Charleston, SC)

This was the fourth Star Wars Reads Day but the 3rd year in a row that we teamed up with the Charleston County Library (Main

October 10, 2015 Mission Reports

Sept. 19 – Triad VisionWalk UNCG (Greensboro, NC)

Two of the Empire’s finest troopers were called down to provide droid finding and tree hugging support for the 6th annual Triad VisionWalk. VisionWalk is

September 19, 2015 Mission Reports

Sept. 12 – John Williams Extravaganza (N. Charleston, SC)

On the evening of Saturday, September 12, the North Charleston POPS! held their opening night of the season performance. The first show in their line-up

September 12, 2015 Mission Reports

Sept. 5 – LibraryCon 2015 (Fayetteville, NC)

On Saturday, September 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., fans of all ages (as well as fan groups) descended upon Cumberland County Headquarters Library,

September 05, 2015 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.
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