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)
On January 14, 2017, the Carolina Garrison, Blue Ridge Base, and Talon Clan descended on PNC arena in Raleigh NC, for Star Wars Night 2017.
We had the distinct pleasure of helping out Conductor Christopher James Lees & the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in presenting Star Wars: The Music. A selection
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits Hockey team had us out again for their annual Star Wars night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville,
The Regal Simpsonville Stadium 14 & IMAX movie theater in Simpsonville, SC asked us to come out and be a part of their opening weekend
Arkham Comix of Rocky Mount hosted a Star Wars Preview night event at the Carmike Theater in Wilson NC. They gave away free star wars
This was the 21st Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade. This event was held at night offering a unique opportunity to light up
News Channel 2 (Rob Fowler), the Marines, and members of the Navy hosted the annual Toys-4-Tots Harbor Cruise. Spirit Line Crusies allowed people to ride
Elfstravaganza is an annual community event kicking off the Holiday Season, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and featuring THE HOTTEST toy trends in the nation with
NC ComicCon is a one-of-a-kind annual event with a unique approach geared specifically to the triangle, and it draws in the major creators of today.
Well, another October has snuck up on us and that means another visit to the kids at Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Despite the