Elvis Presley Fans, Dressed In Bling, Have A Ball In Sydney Fest
In Memory Of A Legend
Legendary American singer Elvis Presley passed away four decades ago. However, his legacy continues to stay with fans. On Thursday, a train full of Presley's fans drifted from Sydney to the annual Parkes Elvis festival 365 km away. The five-day-celebration, that began on Wednesday,will go on till January 13.
Presley's spirit was relived by hundreds of fans who dressed up like their idol as they made their way to the festival. From sequined jumpsuits to blue suede shoes to copious amounts of hair spray, the lookalikes sang and grooved to the icon's hit numbers.
A Party Atmosphere
The party atmosphere was ideal to pay a tribute to Presley. Fondly known as 'The King' by his fans, the magic of his beats were rooted way outside of America.
The Elvis Express
Two trains were put together to transport fans to Parkes. Named as the 'Elvis Express' and 'Blue Suede Express', the trains carried Presley's devotees to the festival which is taking place in a small outback town, 300 km west of Sydney.
On The Way To Parkes
Parkes is popular for two things. Firstly, it is renowned for the radio telescope which played an important role in bringing Neil Armstrong's historic moon landing to the world. Secondly, it is the place which transforms into a haven for Presley's fans for the five-day-long festival.
Celebrating The Big Occasion
Pictures captured the colours and joy of the big occasion. Fans dressed up in period costumes to pay tribute to the King.
Over the weekend, the fest is expected to witness a complete row of events and contests. Key events of the big fest include the Elvis impersonation contest, which sees entertainers from around the globe battle to win the ultimate crown on the grand finale.
To The King Of Rock-N-Roll
Presley's fans from Japan also joined the group.
The festival was first held in 1993 to coincide with the legends's birthday on January 8. And thanks to it, the little town is now popular on a tourist map as the 'Elvis Capital of Australia'.
The Presley-themed street parade is a big highlight of the event. Some of the best features of the parade include Presley's lookalikes, bikes, vintage cars and a marching band.
On The Guest List
On of the most offbeat activities include the Elvis yogalates, a combination of yoga and Pilates with a Presley twist. From ukulele lessons to Elvis bridge and Elvis karaoke, there's a lot that the event has to offer. Over 25,000 people are expected to flock to the city to be a part of the festivities. This is twice the actual population of the town.