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....


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

May 15 – Space & Sci-Fi Day (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Carolina Garrison was invited to attend Space & Sci-Fi day at SciWorks in Winston Salem NC. The Garrison responded by showing up in Force.

May 15, 2016 Mission Reports

May 7 – Durham Bulls Star Wars Night (Durham, NC)

The event was the Bulls’ yearly Star Wars night. The theme this year was “A Tribute to Han Solo”. This is a big event for

May 07, 2016 Mission Reports

May 7 – Free Comic Book Day @ Comic Envy (Asheville, NC)

The store, Comic Envy, is a Free Comic Book Day regular event every year here in the Asheville area.  This year several of us made

May 07, 2016 Mission Reports

April 9 – Starlite Gaming 1st Anniversary Party (Summerville, SC)

This excellent used video game shop in Summerville, SC celebrated it’s first year of operations with a big party last weekend. There was free food

April 09, 2016 Mission Reports

April 2&3 – BrickUniverse 2016 (Raleigh, NC)

This event was the annual Lego fan festival. This event keeps getting bigger and better each year. 15,000 people over the course of 2 days.

April 02, 2016 Mission Reports

April 2 – SPCA K9 3K and Woofstock (Cary, NC)

An annual fundraiser for the Wake County SPCA, this year’s 3K Walk and Woodstock event was the first time the Carolina Garrison has been invited

April 02, 2016 Mission Reports

March 24 – VIP Party for “Best of Charleston 2016” (Charleston, SC)

The Charleston City Paper, the same paper that featured 501st members as the cover story in December 2015, invited us to attend the annual VIP

March 24, 2016 Mission Reports

March 19 – Grand Strand Miracle League (Myrtle Beach,SC)

Grand Strand Miracle League – a baseball league for specials needs people played on a solid surface ball field. We suited up at a nearby

March 19, 2016 Mission Reports

Mar. 12 – Wedding of Chris & Dana McCanless

Chris is a future member of the 501st. Chris and Dana asked for no wedding presents but instead asked for donations to the Brenners Children’s

March 12, 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. ©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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