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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Jan. 30 – January JoyFest (Zebulon, NC)

An event was planned, “January Joyfest”, January 30, 2016, which will took place in the upscale Cattails restaurant at the Mudcats Stadium in Zebulon, NC.

January 30, 2016 Mission Reports
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Jan. 16 – FORCE of Pop Culture Exhibit (Asheville, NC)

We had a great time the other day at the The FORCE of Popular Culture Star Wars Exhibit here in Asheville NC. The location put

January 16, 2016 Mission Reports
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Dec. 19 – CSO Annual Holiday Pops Concert (Charleston, SC)

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra was holding their annual Holiday Pops show at the newly rebuilt and reopened Gaillard Center (previously the Gaillard Auditorium) on the

December 19, 2015 Mission Reports
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Dec. 19 – Swamp Rabbits Hockey Game (Greenville, SC)

The Well (Formerly the Bi Lo Center) in Greenville had us back again this year for their annual Star Wars night at the hockey game.

December 19, 2015 Mission Reports
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Dec. 19 – Darity Family Christmas Present Delivery (Asheville, NC)

Yesterday we had the opportunity to help the Darity family, who tragically lost their father right before the holidays. The company that the dad worked

December 19, 2015 Mission Reports
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Dec. 12 – Fayetteville Christmas Parade (Fayetteville, NC)

With temps in the high 70s in the middle of December, it was great day to have some Star Wars fun. This was our ninth

December 12, 2015 Mission Reports
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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