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.

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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

Sept. 4 – Toys ‘R’ Us Force Friday Midnight Launch Event (Winston-Salem, NC)

Two Sandtrooper Captain’s and Clone Commander Blackout were dispatched to Toys R Us in Winston-Salem, NC for the global midnight release of the new Star

September 04, 2015 Mission Reports

Aug. 22 – CPD Family Fun Day (Charleston, SC)

Three troopers reported to the Charleston Police Dept. Family Fun Day at Brittlebank Park in Downtown Charleston on August 22.  There, we interacted with members

August 22, 2015 Mission Reports

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

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

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

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

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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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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