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)


Nov. 9 – NC Symphony – Music of Star Wars (Wilmington, NC)

The 501st has once again been asked to be a part of a special concert with the NC Symphony featuring the music of Star Wars

November 09, 2017 Mission Reports

Oct. 28 – Boo In The Zoo (Greenville, SC)

The Greenville Zoo held their annual Boo in the Zoo, the Greenville Zoo’s signature Halloween event, on October 20-22 & 27-29. The event featured more

October 28, 2017 Mission Reports

Oct. 26 – Happy Birthday John Williams (Charleston, SC)

In honor of John Williams’ 85th birthday this year, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra kicked off its POPS concert series with some of his most memorable

October 26, 2017 Mission Reports

Oct. 7 – Star Wars Reads Day (Charleston, SC)

his was a huge event. Over 2000 people attended. We had a large display including the following: Mandolarian Mercs display area. Large Photo area with

October 07, 2017 Mission Reports

Aug. 12 – 3rd Annual Cape Fear ComicCon (Wilmington, NC)

3rd Annual Cape Fear ComicCon. This is a one-day event held at the Coastline Convention Center (Downtown Wilmington). The Con was packed despite morning and

August 12, 2017 Mission Reports

July 8 – Wilmington Sharks Star Wars Night (Wilmington,NC)

Star Wars Night at the “Shark Tank”, home of the Wilmington Sharks.  It was 95 degrees and sunny at game time. Once the sun went

July 08, 2017 Mission Reports

July 4 – Bucky’s BBQ 4th of July Bash (Greenville, SC)

The Carolina Garrison and Rebel Legion/Blue Ridge Base teamed up to help celebrate the 4th of July at Bucky’s BBQ Bash. Food was amazing!  Characters

July 04, 2017 Mission Reports

June 25 – Make A Wish Assistance (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Make a Wish – South Carolina contacted the Carolina Garrison for assistance with a Make a Wish recipient who was arriving at Myrtle Beach Airport.

June 25, 2017 Mission Reports

June 24 – 3rd Annual Star Wars Festival (Greensboro, NC)

The library estimates they had over 350 people attend the event and were very happy to have such a great group of us! They had

June 24, 2017 Mission Reports

June 17 – Fields of Fun Special Needs (Jacksonville,NC)

This is a Special Needs Awareness event, and to get information about our Jacksonville league. There are various sponsors (Pepsi, Food Lion, Onslow Memorial Hospital,

June 17, 2017 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. ©2017 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.