FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSWho is Garrison Carida®? What is the 501st Legion? What can Garrison Carida do for me? Does Garrison Carida® charge for appearances? I’d like to have Garrison Carida® at my event. How should I prepare? How do I contact Garrison Carida® to attend my event? Will Garrison Carida® appear at my child’s birthday party? How can I join Garrison Carida®? Where do you get those costumes? Is it hot in those costumes?
Who is Garrison Carida®?Garrison Carida® is a part of the 501st Legion, the world’s premiere charity-focused Star Wars costuming organization. Led by volunteers and sanctioned by Lucasfilm Ltd, Garrison Carida® and the 501st Legion aid in the success of regional charitable events, community-based events, and public appearances while having fun and celebrating the continuation of the Star Wars universe throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. Our costumes are so professional that it looks like we stepped off of the movie screen into your event. [back to top]
What is The 501st Legion?Since 1997, the costuming organization known as the 501st Legion has spread the magic of Star Wars worldwide through its authentic-looking costumes, and has become the leading force in fan based charity events. The 501st, also known as Vader’s Fist, is truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less fortunate. [back to top]
What can Garrison Carida® do for me?There is nothing quite like a group of Stormtroopers to bring attention to an event. Unlike individual entertainers, the 501st Legion functions as a group creating a true science-fiction/fantasy ambiance with a wide range of professional-grade costumes and props. Our internal standards ensure a high level of professionalism in both actions and appearance to ensure your event runs smoothly. Having participated at events throughout the world for more than 25 years, the 501st name alone has been known to boost attendance and media attention. Read some endorsements from our partners here. [back to top]
Does Garrison Carida® charge for appearances?While we do not charge a fee for appearances (public or private), we enthusiastically welcome donations made to your favorite charity in the name of Garrison Carida® and the 501st Legion. If you do not have a charity of choice, we would happily provide you with a list of some of our favorite causes such as Make-a-Wish and the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. [back to top]
I’d like to have Garrison Carida® at my event, how should I prepare?Check our Event Calendar, and see if we are available when your event is scheduled to take place. Use our contact form to put in an event request. Once we’ve scheduled your event, please keep in mind the following: Please provide a secure changing area for our Troopers to store their clothes and personal items. Our Troopers get thirsty trooping in armor! Please consider providing water so they can stay hydrated. [back to top]
How do I contact Garrison Carida® to attend my event?Please use our Event Request Form. [back to top]
Will Garrison Carida® appear at my child’s birthday party or my Wedding?We do not make personal appearances at birthday parties, weddings or other similar events. We are a group made up of individuals who donate the majority of their time to charity work. [back to top]
How can I join Garrison Carida®?Do you have a passion for Star Wars and helping others? Do you desire to own a own a professional-quality costume based on “bad guy” characters from Star Wars? Are you at least 18 years old? If you answered yes to these questions, then you should visit our Join Us page to sign up for our cadet forums and to get helpful information about joining our group. [back to top]
Where do you get those costumes?Our costumes are the result of careful research, fabrication and a lot of hard work. The majority of our costume components are hand built and assembled in our spare time. Given that the likenesses portrayed by these costumes are the intellectual property of Lucasfilms, it must be stressed that Garrison Carida® or the 501st Legion does not provide or manufacture costumes for purchase. [back to top]
Is it hot in those costumes?Like the planet Tatooine in summertime! [back to top] Can’t find your answer here? Contact us to get answers to your other questions.
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 Ltd., it is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.