Saturday, June 13, 2015, the Intergalactic Alliance (IA) organization invited members of the 501st and Rebel Legions to participate in the 45th annual Boston Pride Parade. As IA is an inclusive group, members of other costuming organizations joined in the event. Boston Pride welcomed all members with open arms, and attendees were ecstatic to see all costumed participants marching along the parade route. IA is especially grateful to all 501st and Rebel Legions members that attended and supported the event. Legion members, Davira Kuy, Sean and Krista Carmichael founded IA as a means for costumers of different genres to march…
 
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On May 31st, member of the 501st Legion’s New England Garrison, along with members of The Rebel Legion’s Alderaan Base, were invited to the “Be a Rebel, Read a Book!” event held at Water Street Books, in Exeter, NH. Book publisher Dorling Kindersley (DK) launched the nationwide “Star Wars: Read a Book, Be a Rebel” initiative. Water Street Bookstore was selected as an official event site. The goal of the imitative was to show kids that their favorite Star Wars characters could be found in books, not just on the screen! At the store they set up a huge Star…
 
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  On Sunday, March 15th, the New England Garrison kicked off the unofficial start to the trooping season by marching in the annual Boston’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. We were joined by members of the Rebel Legion’s Alderaan Base and the Mando Mercs, as well as troopers visiting from the Empire City Garrison! The morning started off with a breakfast tailgate party! Big thanks to Jess and Andy for all that they did! It was awesome to have some hot food to fight off the cold. The weather was a factor on this day, keeping some troopers with a bit…
 
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On December 27th, 2014, members of the 501st New England Garrison, along with the Rebel Legion Alderaan Base and the Mando Mercs Firaxan Clan were invited to join our new Andorian friends Ell and Vynni – The Farthest Star and other Star Trek costumers for annual the Galaxy Blood Drive.  Organized by author Ryder Windham and the The Rhode Island Blood Center, the event was held at the Providence Public Library. Not only was this a “Wars vs Trek” event, it also had a touch of West vs East, as there was a competing blod drive being held on the same day the Cloud City Garrison…
 
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On Saturday, November 29th, Darth Vader, Plo Koon, and an Endor Commando marched in the City of Lights parade in Lowell, MA. This parade is the grand finale to a day of festivities that ends with the ceremonial lighting of the downtown area, officially kicking off the holiday season. The trio were also joined by Captain America and Black Widow of the Avengers as they walked the parade route. Their mission was to help support a local non-profit group called STEP, short for Special Teams for Exceptional People. STEP’s mission is to provide sports activities and social gatherings for kids…
 
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