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)


April 24 – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Star Wars Night (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Members of the Carolina Garrison invaded Myrtle Beach on Friday, March 24, 2015 for “Star Wars Night” at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game. We

April 24, 2015 Mission Reports

March 28 & 29- Brickuniverse 2015 (Raleigh, NC)

This was an AMAZING event. We had a huge table space, displaying many helmets, props, Jawas, Gonk droid, and even a LEGO army diorama on

March 28, 2015 Mission Reports

March 21 & 22- SC ComicCon 2015 (Greenville, SC)

The 2015 SC Comic Con in Greenville SC was beyond impressive most impressive!  This Con has only been around for two years but has the

March 21, 2015 Mission Reports

March 7 & 8 – 7th Annual Captain’s Comics Expo (Charleston, SC)

Captain’s Comics and Toys of Charleston, SC once again invited the Carolina Garrison to join in the fun at their 7th annual Captain’s Comic Expo. 

March 07, 2015 Mission Reports

Jan. 25 – SC Stingrays Star Wars Night (Charleston, SC)

This was the 3rd appearance for the Carolina Garrison for Star Wars Day with the SC Stingrays. They had a few fun events planned for

January 25, 2015 Mission Reports

Jan. 14 – Marvel Star Wars #001 Release (Charlotte, NC)

Members of the Carolina Garrison were on hand to attend the Marvel Star Wars #001 release party in the Charlotte-area at Rebel Base Comics and

January 14, 2015 Mission Reports

Oct 14th – Star Wars Night at the Hop, Asheville, NC

Any sane person would have stayed at home when the news was calling for flash floods and a tornado watch, but that didn’t stop 3

October 14, 2014 Mission Reports

Oct 11th – SWRD Barnes & Noble, Fayetteville, NC

Once again Imperial and Rebel forces, due to lack of gainful employment in the battle for control of the galaxy, resorted to entertaining the Imperial

October 11, 2014 Mission Reports

Oct 11th, Roper Mtn / Barnes & Noble

We may have been small in numbers for the Roper Mountain Science Center, Barnes & Noble Spartanburg, & Barnes & Noble Greenville locations but we

October 11, 2014 Mission Reports

Oct 5th SupahPop Con, Columbia, SC

Hey gang, A little late getting the report in. What I assumed would be a sad, half-informed attempt by the local comic shop owner to

October 05, 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. ©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.