The 501st Legion – Midwest Garrison is back at this year’s Uncle Dan’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The Midwest Garrison (MWG) is the Illinois chapter of The 501st Legion, a Star Wars Imperial costuming club, dedicated to the movie-quality costumes of the “villains” of the Star Wars universe. The 501st Legion is an all-volunteer global organization of 10,000+ members, formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion promotes interest in Star Wars and facilitates the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events, as well as contributes to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

The charity donations raised for the events that we participated in exceeded $1,300,000 for 2016, and globally the 501st Legion exceeded $46,000,000.

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