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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June 25 – Kannapolis Intimidators Star Wars Night (Kannapolis, NC)

Over 4,900 were in attendance at the Star Wars night for the Intimidators and the crowd was stoked for Star Wars! Custom t-shirts, costumes, and

June 25, 2016 Mission Reports
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June 18 – ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Concert (Greensboro, NC)

This concert was held at an outdoor venue. We were hoping for good weather and we got it. No rain and the high was 83

June 18, 2016 Mission Reports
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June 18 – NASCAR Hall of Fame Movie Night (Charlotte, NC)

Nascar Hall of Fame hosted Force Awakens movie night they had Inflatables and games for all the kids. We took an opportunity to get some

June 18, 2016 Mission Reports
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June 11 – Triangle VisionWalk (Raleigh, NC)

This Annual event raises funds to support research into curing various types of blindness and the diseases that cause them. We attended this event in

June 11, 2016 Mission Reports
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June 11 – NC Symphony John Williams Summerferst (Cary, NC)

NC Symphony asked us to appear at their outdoor concert series “Summerfest” John Williams Festival performance to take pictures with those attending the concert before

June 11, 2016 Mission Reports
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June 4 – Forest City Owls Star Wars Night (Forest City, NC)

The Forest City Owls baseball team hosted a Star Wars Night and invited the 501st and Rebel Legion out to be a part of it.

June 04, 2016 Mission Reports
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June 4 – Special Olympics Victors Dance (Raleigh, NC)

The Special Olympics Victory dance recognizes all the athletes and gives them the opportunity to come together and celebrate after the games. Carolina Garrison Members

June 04, 2016 Mission Reports
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June 4 – Dare Day (Manteo, NC)

Dare Day, the annual celebration of Dare County is coming to the Manteo downtown waterfront on Saturday June 4th From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

June 04, 2016 Mission Reports
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June 3 – Nighttime at the Museum (Charleston, SC)

The annual Nighttime at the Museum event has come and gone and was a blast for everyone in attendance. The evening is an event put

June 03, 2016 Mission Reports
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May 20 & 21 – XCON IX (Myrtle Beach, SC)

This was the 9th year of X-Con Comics shop in Myrtle Beach hosting this convention. It has seemed to grow in scale every year, although

May 20, 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.
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