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)

501st Legion Make-A-Wish Endowment Fund

Today, the 501st Legion announces today their commitment to a first-­‐of-­‐its kind international endowment in a unique partnership with Make‐A-­Wish. The 501st Legion Make‐A-Wish Endowment

August 24, 2016 Uncategorized

Aug. 20 – Back-To-School Bash (Fayetteville, NC)

The Fascinate-U Children’s Museum hosted a Star Wars themed Back to School Bash for children in the area. Carolina Garrison Members in Attendance: 1. Bill

August 20, 2016 Mission Reports

Aug. 20 – Burlington Royals Star Wars Night (Burlington, NC)

With the same resolve that saw the Empire build a second Death Star after the destruction of the first, the Burlington Royals made a second

August 20, 2016 Mission Reports

Aug. 14 – Greensboro Roller Derby (Greensboro, NC)

The Carolina Garrison was out in force for the Greensboro Roller Derby’s 5th Annual Star Wars Bout. Nine members were on hand to greet fans

August 14, 2016 Mission Reports

Aug. 13 – Snead’s Ferry Shrimp Festival (Sneads Ferry, NC)

The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival is the Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina. The purpose is to raise awareness for the local fishing community and

August 13, 2016 Mission Reports

Aug. 12 – Hickory Crawdads Star Wars Night (Hickory, NC)

It was hot and humid at the annual Hickory Crawdads Star Wars Night baseball game, but that didn’t stop members of the Carolina Garrison and

August 12, 2016 Mission Reports

July 23 – Lowcountry Giga Toshou Con (Walterboro, SC)

This was Walterboro, SC’s first attempt at a pop culture convention and was organized by Walterboro’s biggest super fan, Omar Jeter. He poured his heart

July 23, 2016 Mission Reports

July 16 – SciWorks Museum Merger (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Carolina Garrison was invited back to SciWorks for our second event of the year. SciWorks, a hands-on science center, allows kids and adults to

July 16, 2016 Mission Reports

July 16 – Soundwave Mini-Con (hanahan, SC)

The event was a one-day mini convention split between two separate buildings. This was the second year that this local comic book shop put on

July 16, 2016 Mission Reports

June 25 – Kannapolis Intimidators Star Wars Night (Kannapolis, NC)

Over 4,900 were in attendance at the Star Wars night for the Intimidators and the crowd was stoked for Star Wars! Custom t-shirts, costumes, and

June 25, 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.