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Elvis Down Under
Australian enthusiasts of Elvis Presley put on their blue suede shoes for the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival.
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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London dances on stage during the 25th annual Parkes...
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London dances on stage during the 25th annual Parkes...
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London dances on stage during the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney. Elvis may have left the building almost 40 years ago, but he and several clones have just arrived on a train chugging into Parkes railway station from Sydney, marking the start of the 25th Parkes Elvis Festival in the southeastern Australian town.

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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute artist Jake Rowley from Nederland, Texas is reflected in the 1950's period-style...
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Elvis Presley tribute artist Jake Rowley from Nederland, Texas is reflected in the 1950's period-style...
Elvis Presley tribute artist Jake Rowley from Nederland, Texas is reflected in the 1950's period-style sunglasses of a fan. For five days in early January, "the King of Rock and Roll" lives on in this celebration of all things Elvis, including a tribute contest, a Miss Priscilla lookalike competition, a parade and gala dinner, and even a renewal of vows ceremony presided over by Elvis himself.

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January 13, 2017
Amateur rugby players from the 'Blue Suede Shoes' team, dressed in Elvis Presley suits, perform a haka...
PARKES, Australia
Amateur rugby players from the 'Blue Suede Shoes' team, dressed in Elvis Presley suits, perform a haka...
Amateur rugby players from the 'Blue Suede Shoes' team, dressed in Elvis Presley suits, perform a haka prior to their rugby union game against the Reddy Teddies. This year, the iconic festival is themed after Elvis' classic 1964 film "Viva Las Vegas", with fans donning not only rhinestone-studded jumpsuits and their best wigs, but also sequins and feathers, as buskers entertain the crowds.

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January 13, 2017
Amateur rugby players wear Elvis suits as they play a game between the Blue Suede Shoes and the Reddy...
PARKES, Australia
Amateur rugby players wear Elvis suits as they play a game between the Blue Suede Shoes and the Reddy...
Amateur rugby players wear Elvis suits as they play a game between the Blue Suede Shoes and the Reddy Teddies. Parkes' population balloons to almost double its size during the festivities, with organizers expecting between 25,000 and 30,000 people to attend in 2017, but the concept was not always welcomed by locals.

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January 13, 2017
An amateur rugby player dressed as Elvis Presley drinks from the Memphis Mug trophy after the match between...
PARKES, Australia
An amateur rugby player dressed as Elvis Presley drinks from the Memphis Mug trophy after the match between...
An amateur rugby player dressed as Elvis Presley drinks from the Memphis Mug trophy after the match between the Blue Suede Shoes and the Reddy Teddies. "I think there was a bit of a cringe factor really with most people, including myself", said Parkes local and retiree Bob Bokeyar. "But I think we have come to love Elvis and love the festival over the years."

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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher puts on eye make-up in the mirror before competing in a...
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher puts on eye make-up in the mirror before competing in a...
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher puts on eye make-up in the mirror before competing in a singing contest. First held in 1993, the festival was the brainchild of husband and wife Bob and Anne Steel, who then owned the Gracelands restaurant in this quiet town in New South Wales.

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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher holds his guitar backstage before competing in a singing...
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Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher holds his guitar backstage before competing in a singing...
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher holds his guitar backstage before competing in a singing contest. January was thought to be the best time for the festival as it coincided with Presley's birthday on January 8.

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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute artist Brendon Chase from New Zealand practices his lunges in the dressing room...
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute artist Brendon Chase from New Zealand practices his lunges in the dressing room...
Elvis Presley tribute artist Brendon Chase from New Zealand practices his lunges in the dressing room before competing in a singing contest. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley fans dance in the audience during a performance while Elvis tribute singer Pete Storm from...
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley fans dance in the audience during a performance while Elvis tribute singer Pete Storm from...
Elvis Presley fans dance in the audience during a performance while Elvis tribute singer Pete Storm from London performs on stage. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London performs on stage. REUTERS/Jason Reed
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London performs on stage during the 25th annual Parkes...
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London performs on stage. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London gives a scarf to a member of the audience during...
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London gives a scarf to a member of the audience during...
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London gives a scarf to a member of the audience during his show. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London sings on stage. REUTERS/Jason Reed
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London sings on stage during the 25th annual Parkes Elvis...
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London sings on stage. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stuart Vieyra receives a kiss from a member of the audience after making...
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stuart Vieyra receives a kiss from a member of the audience after making...
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stuart Vieyra receives a kiss from a member of the audience after making the final eight contestants in a singing competition. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
A couple in party wear walk to a pub. REUTERS/Jason Reed
PARKES, Australia
A couple in party wear walk to a pub during the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian...
A couple in party wear walk to a pub. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute artist Pete Storm from London, dressed as 1970's Elvis. REUTERS/Jason Reed
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute artist Pete Storm from London, dressed as 1970's Elvis, is pictured during the...
Elvis Presley tribute artist Pete Storm from London, dressed as 1970's Elvis. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Elvis impersonators with plastic hair and oversized sunglasses arrive. REUTERS/Jason Reed
PARKES, Australia
Elvis impersonators with plastic hair and oversized sunglasses arrive at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis...
Elvis impersonators with plastic hair and oversized sunglasses arrive. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Al 'Alvis' Gersbach, the official ambassador of the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival, walks through...
PARKES, Australia
Al 'Alvis' Gersbach, the official ambassador of the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival, walks through...
Al 'Alvis' Gersbach, the official ambassador of the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival, walks through town with his Elvis belt buckle. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Elvis Presley tribute artists Pete Storm (L) from England and Jake Rowley (R) from the United States...
PARKES, Australia
Elvis Presley tribute artists Pete Storm and Jake Rowley arrive alongside Elvis fan Graham Lawrence from...
Elvis Presley tribute artists Pete Storm (L) from England and Jake Rowley (R) from the United States arrive alongside Elvis fan Graham Lawrence (C) from Australia's Gold Coast at the Parkes Observatory radio telescope. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
Amateur rugby players from the Blue Suede Shoes and Reddy Teddies teams arrive at a local field in Elvis...
PARKES, Australia
Amateur rugby players from the Blue Suede Shoes and Reddy Teddies teams arrive at a local field in Elvis...
Amateur rugby players from the Blue Suede Shoes and Reddy Teddies teams arrive at a local field in Elvis Presley suits before their annual match. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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January 13, 2017
A life-size cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley is pictured over the counter in a pie shop in Parkes. REUTERS/Jason...
PARKES, Australia
A life-size cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley is pictured over the counter in a pie shop during the 25th...
A life-size cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley is pictured over the counter in a pie shop in Parkes. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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