Elvis Presley impersonators return to Australian town

Elvis Presley impersonators return to Australian town

Now in its 29th year, the Parkes Elvis Festival returned after more than two years due to Covid-19 delays.
22 Apr, 2022

Thousands of hip-shaking Elvis Presley impersonators and fans of the late King of Rock and Roll returned on Thursday to the Elvis Festival in the Australian country town of Parkes for the first time in more than two years.

Now in its 29th year, the Parkes Elvis Festival was cancelled in 2021 because of Covid-19, which also pushed back the event this year from January, Presley’s birthday month, to April.

The festival, the biggest event of the year in Parkes, 357 km west of Sydney, attracts around 25,000 people and business owners are happy the tourists are back.

“We have missed it. Not only business-wise, but we’ve missed the people, we’ve missed the fun, we’ve missed the music,” local business owner Kristy Berry said.

The Elvis Express train pulled into Parkes on Thursday packed with sideburn-sporting Elvis imitators, welcomed by jubilant fans who posed with them for photographs. The festival holds a special place in the hearts of the Elvis impersonators.

“I love it every time I come to Parkes. It’s the only festival that the whole town is immersed in Elvis,” said Elvis tribute artist Kingsley Rock. “When you sing a song and a genuine Elvis fan really reacts to that and enjoys it, that’s the reward.”

Originally published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2022


Inquisitor Apr 22, 2022 11:27am
The King is dead, long live the King. But some wannabes won't let him rest in peace while making spectacles of themselves.
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Cye Apr 22, 2022 12:55pm
Look like Ghost of elvis
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 22, 2022 02:20pm
The world is full of crazy, shoddy, shady and crafty people.
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M. Saeed Apr 22, 2022 03:58pm
Elvis's universal craze still around after decades of his life-end.
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