The Empire City Garrison, or ECG, is the New York division of The 501st Legion, the world’s definitive Star Wars costuming organization. One of the original garrisons in a 6,000 member organization that spans across the United States and to nearly 50 countries around the world, ECG covers all of New York City, Long Island, and the five boroughs, enforcing the Empire’s rule and spreading the magic of Star Wars through appearances at charity events supporting organizations like the Starlight Foundation, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Pinwheel Project, Walk Now For Autism, St. Vincent’s Hospital and others.
ECG’s volunteer members pride themselves on their professionalism and attention to detail in bringing to life some of the most recognizable characters in the Star Wars universe, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Captain Rex, Commander Cody and a veritable army of Stormtroopers and Clone Troopers.
In addition to its charity work, ECG has worked closely with corporations including Pepsi, DK Publishing, Random House, Adidas, NBC, Verizon Wireless, and Lucasfilm itself to plan and execute major promotional events like movie premieres and product launches. Empire City Garrison members have appeared on the Today Show, Fox News, Discovery Science Channel, MTV, Spike TV, G4, and have even had the honor of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
To help spread the reach of the 501st Legion and Empire City Garrison, the Hudson Valley Squad was formed in 2013. The HVS serves the Lower Hudson Valley region and it’s directive is to promote strong friendships with local troopers, expand the 501st footprint, and partner with local charities and communities.