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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: A Elvis fan takes photos ahead of boarding the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis tribute artist Brendon Chase poses at Central Station ahead of boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: A Elvis tribute artist performs at Central Station prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis tribute artist Ross Mancini poses with dancers Pearl Sanber and Demi Nicolaou at Central Station ahead of boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: A Elvis tribute artist stands on stage at Central Station ahead of boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Parkes Shire Council Mayor Ken Keith wears a Elvis suit prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Parkes Shire Council Mayor Ken Keith speaks to the 'Elvis Express' guests at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: A Elvis tribute artist performs at Central Station prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans aboard the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis tribute artists prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: A Elvis tribute artist performs at Central Station prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans dance prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans aboard the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: A Elvis fan boards the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Kim Condon takes a photograph with her friends prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis tribute artist Ross Mancini performs at Central Station prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans prepare to board the 'Elvis Express' at Central Station on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis tribute artist Ross Mancini and dancers Pearl Sander and Demi Nicolaou pose at Central Station prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Elvis fans Daniel Rawsthorne and Angus Wyllie pose at Central Station prior to boarding the 'Elvis Express' on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually over five days, timed to coincide with Elvis Priestly's birth date in January. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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Dressed in jumpsuits, capes and donning wigs and shades, Elvis Presley fans from around the world are gathering in the Australian town of Parkes to celebrate what would have been the late singer's 81st birthday.

The five-day Parkes Elvis Festival sees the population of the New South Wales town swell to more than double its size as fans of all ages from around the world come together to fete "the king of rock and roll".

The theme for 2016's event is the singer's 1963 "Fun in Acapulco" film, and many fans armed themselves with sombreros as they relived his music and movie work.

The Parkes Elvis Festival officially gets underway when the 'Elvis Express' train rolls into the Parkes station platform from Sydney. Carrying hundreds of Elvis fans and tribute artists on Thursday (January 7), the train was greeted by hundreds of locals and visitors wanting to welcome the Elvis and the Mayor of Parkes, Ken Keith, into the city.

Keith says Elvis is still important today "because he had such wonderful music ... and I mean, just the fun and frivolity of an Elvis festival in Parkes just highlights the character of Elvis Presley and the town's embraced the concept and everyone that comes just has a great time."

Originally from South Carolina, Debbie Fiee traveled from Melbourne to be part of the festival and pay tribute to the king.

"We just love his voice and just the way he looked, but especially, he was just so kind to people, he was just down to earth," said Fiee.

While many Elvis tribute artists were on hand, some, like Graham Lawrence, just want the opportunity to dress like 'the king.'

"Basically, once you've got the suit on you are psyched up because everyone wants to take your photograph. It's just a buzz, probably like little kids when they go into their Superman costume."

Lawrence drove for 18 hours to be at his third Elvis festival.

The Parkes Elvis festival concludes on Sunday with various activities around the town and a parade in city center on Saturday.

Thousands Attend Elvis Festival in Australia
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