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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Aug. 13 – Operation Backpack (Manteo, NC)

On August 13, members of the Carolina Garrison helped keep order while 150+ younglings waited in-line for free backpacks and school supplies. Garrison members were

August 13, 2015 Mission Reports
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Aug. 9 – ‘Weird Al’ Concert (N. Charleston, SC)

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic visited N. Charleston, SC on August 9 during his Mandatory Fun Tour. Per usual, ‘Weird Al’ invited the 501st Legion out to

August 09, 2015 Mission Reports
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June 19 – ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Concert (Charlotte, NC)

On June 19, 2015 Lord Vader and a small detachment of the Empire’s finest dancers took an Imperial Shuttle to Charlotte, NC for the Weird

June 19, 2015 Mission Reports
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June 13 – Disney’s Star Wars Weekend Parade (Walt Disney World, FL)

The Florida Garrison and RaKura Base welcomed over 170 members from Alpine Garrison, Bast Alpha Garrison, Bloodfin Garrison, Carolina Garrison, Central Garrison, Garrison Carida, Georgia

June 13, 2015 Mission Reports
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June 12-Chapel Hill Library Summer Reading Kickoff (Chapel Hill, NC)

On June 12, 2015, the Carolina Garrison was requested to provide an Imperial presence for the purpose of rounding up Rebels in Chapel Hill, NC.

June 12, 2015 Mission Reports
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June 6 & 7 – GeekOut (Asheville, NC)

This was the third year that Geekout was hosted at the Sherrill Center on the beautiful campus of UNCA Asheville. It was a relatively laid

June 06, 2015 Mission Reports
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June 5 – Nighttime At The Museum (Charleston, SC)

Members of the Carolina Garrison teamed up with the Charleston Museum (America’s First Museum) for their Nighttime at the Museum event. This 2-hour event featured

June 05, 2015 Mission Reports
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May 4 – Carolina Mudcats Star Wars Night (Zebulon, NC)

An Imperial presence was requested to maintain order on the evening of May 4th in Zebulon, North Carolina. Lord Vader commanded an Imperial Officer, a

May 04, 2015 Mission Reports
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April 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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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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