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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Over the course of Memorial Day weekend on May 24th and 25th, members of the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base and the 501st New England Garrison setup a table at Pop Culture Expo. This was a new convention to the area that featured guests from all kinds of television and movie roles spanning multiple generations. We had some troopers there to greet con goers and pose for pictures while they took in the sights. Overall this was a good showing for a first time event and we are looking forward to doing it again next year!

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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  In celebration of “May the 4th Be With You” members of the 501st New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion Alderaan Base paid a visit to the Franklin Park Zoo for their first ever Star Wars Day! There was a beautiful cake made for this special occasion, complete with animals dressed to look like Jedi and Sith Lords with a giant Deathstar on top. Troopers greeted guests as they entered the zoo and wandered around to pose for photos with them all around the park. It was a great day to enjoy the unofficial Star Wars holiday.