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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Aug 9, 2014 Owensby Wedding Reception

Lord Vader and his personal escort attended the Owensby wedding reception in Greensboro, NC 2014. Troopers in attendance: Austin T, Stormtrooper Jerry S, Darth Vader

August 17, 2014 Mission Reports

July 28 – SW Fan Event @ Barnes & Noble Charlotte

Had a great time on Monday night hanging out for one of many nights of “Pop Culture” with the crew at the Barnes & Noble

August 17, 2014 Mission Reports

Aug 9th – Bands, Brews & Books Charlotte

We had a good evening hanging out with locals in the Charlotte area, taking pics and chatting with folks, all while helping to raise money

August 17, 2014 Mission Reports

(NC) Padilla Wedding July 19, 2014

Two of the Empires finest wedding crashers were sent down to Jamestown, NC on July 19, 2014. Sadly no Ewok’s were harmed and no droids

August 04, 2014 Mission Reports

Aug 1 – Charleston Children’s Museum

This was my 4th trip to the Children’s Museum for Star Wars. I picked up Taylor Seay on the way there, but his flight suit

August 01, 2014 Mission Reports
VJG Group

(NC) June 29 – Victory Junction Camp, Randleman

On Sunday, June 29th 2014, members of the 501st Legion’s Carolina Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Blue Ridge Base arrived at Victory Junction Camp in

July 29, 2014 Mission Reports
Journeys Troopers

Vans Shoe Debut Journeys Concord Mills Mall June-20-2014

Troopers attending : Andrew Rochelle TK Jason Hill TK Handler: James Hill Venue: Journeys Shoe Store Concord Mills Mall Concord, N.C. Fun Day For every

July 29, 2014 Mission Reports

June 6 – Star Wars Camp I Children’s Museum

While there was only 3 of us (and one was some Rebel Scum… Sorry Brad!), a great time was had at the Charleston Children’s Museum

June 17, 2014 Mission Reports

Hemby Children’s Hospital Visit (Charlotte, NC)

    On Saturday, May 17th, members of the 501st Legion’s Carolina Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Freedom Base paid a visit to the kids

May 17, 2014 Mission Reports

XCON VII (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Well…another XCON has come and gone. This year was an absolute blast for me! Beside the fact that I always have a blast doing the

May 16, 2014 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.