On Saturday, June 14th members of the 501st New England Garrison participated in the Boston Pride Parade! This was one of many events that took place during Pride Week in Boston, MA and has become a fun parade that attracts thousands of fans. We marched from our starting point on Boylston Street through the Back Bay and then made our way to the finish at City Hall Plaza. For the second year in a row we joined the Intergalactic Alliance, which is an organization created to bring together science fiction and related costuming groups to participate in social and charitable events….
 
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On Sunday, May 18th members of the 501st New England Garrison and Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base paid a visit to the Millennium 5k for Jake’s Sake event being held in Hudson, MA. This was a 5k race and fundraiser to help the Marrazzo family make their home wheelchair accessible for their son Jake, who has Duchenne MD. Kids of all ages and sizes enjoyed seeing the troopers and playing games with them in the fields. The Force is definitely strong with this family and we were glad to have been a part of their special day! To see more photos…
 
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On Saturday, May 17th members of the 501st New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base participated in a blood drive held at the Knights of Columbus hall in Attleboro, MA. Troopers were present to greet the kids of generous blood donors and pose for pictures. They also spent some time on “traffic duty” waving to passing cars and using the Force to try and persuade a few to them to stop and come inside. Everyone had a great time and as a special thank you to the kids who came with their parents they got a free…
 
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On Sunday, March 16th members of the 501st New England Garrison, the Rebel Legion Alderaan Base and Canadian Base, and the Firaxan and Wampa Clans of the Mandalorian Mercs came together to march on the streets of Boston for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade! Troopers braved the cold temperatures to bring smiles and cheer to the thousands of fans who lines the streets of South Boston to watch this parade. To see more photos of this event, check out our Flickr gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/swnewengland/sets/72157642539621425/

On Saturday, December 28th we saw two universes collide while working together to help the Rhode Island Blood Center collect donations. Members of the local Star Wars costuming groups worked alongside fans of the Star Trek franchise and held a friendly competition to see who could get more people to donate blood for their team. In addition to the efforts taking place here at the RI Blood Center, an identical blood drive was being held in Colorado by members of the 501st Cloud City Garrison. All of this was made possible by local Star Wars author Ryder Windham, who is…
 
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