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)

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 09, 2014 Mission Reports

Leicester Library SW Reading – Asheville Area

Awesome event at a local small town public library! Ton of kids showed up and completely surprised myself and Renee! Arts and crafts tables were

August 07, 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

(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

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

July 28, 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

July 19, 2014 Mission Reports

Monster Con July 18-20, 2014 Greenville SC

July 18-20, 2014 Greenville SC Monster Con was just what the name says “a Monster of a Convention” 3 days it was, and all 3

July 18, 2014 Mission Reports

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

June 20, 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 06, 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.