Bast Alpha Garrison is the Louisiana chapter of The 501st Legion, a world-wide Star Wars Imperial costuming organization.

As “bad guys who do good,” the 501st is dedicated to recreating the movie-quality costumes of the “villains” of the Star Wars universe.

Our goals are straight forward:

(1) To Promote Interest in Star Wars

While a growing number of people are experiencing a reawakening of their Star Wars fandom, new generations are seeking ways to celebrate their passion for George Lucas’s modern mythology. The 501st Legion brings these fans together, reinforcing the enduring longevity of the Star Wars saga.

Bast Alpha Garrison provides a network for Star Wars fans in the state of Louisiana to meet and network with each other to engage in the hobby of building and improving Imperial costumes from the Star Wars movies. All of our costumes are scratch-built or “fan-made,” whether through the arduous process of building molds and vacuum-forming, or assembling costumes from found objects.

(2) To Facilitate the Use of Costumes

Some fans are content to collect action figures…other fans want to be action figures. Nothing professes your passion quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.

The majority of our costumes are not available through retail channels. To become a member of The 501st Legion, one must build and own a costume of the highest quality and as close to appearance in published Star Wars media as possible.

(3) To Contribute

While our organization was founded to simply provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, The 501st is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.

In addition to providing a network for fans to meet, Bast Alpha Garrison is committed to serving the community. We offer support at charity events, fundraisers, and social functions by appearing as film-authentic Star Wars characters.

While there is no cost to engage our services, we do encourage donations to charity on our behalf instead.