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)


Jan. 14 – Carolina Hurricanes Star Wars Night (Raleigh, NC)

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.

January 14, 2017 Mission Reports

Jan. 11- 14 – Star Wars: The Music

We had the distinct pleasure of helping out Conductor Christopher James Lees & the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in presenting Star Wars: The Music. A selection

January 14, 2017 Mission Reports

Jan. 13 – Swamp Rabbits Hockey Star Wars Night (Greenville, SC)

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,

January 13, 2017 Mission Reports

Dec. 16 – Rogue One Premiere (Simpsonville, SC)

The Regal Simpsonville Stadium 14 & IMAX movie theater in Simpsonville, SC asked us to come out and be a part of their opening weekend

December 16, 2016 Mission Reports

Dec. 15 – Rogue One Preview Night (Wilson, NC)

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

December 15, 2016 Mission Reports

Dec. 11 – Mt. Pleasant Christmas Parade (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

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

December 11, 2016 Mission Reports

Nov. 26 – News2 Toys-4-Tots Harbor Cruise (Charleston, SC)

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

November 26, 2016 Mission Reports

Nov. 12 – Elfstravaganza 2016 (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

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

November 12, 2016 Mission Reports

Nov. 11-13 – NC ComicCon (Raleigh, NC)

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.

November 11, 2016 Mission Reports

Oct. 23 – Hemby Children’s Hospital Visit (Charlotte, NC)

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

October 23, 2016 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.