Fans and impersonators celebrate Elvis in 25th annual festival

Kelsey Driscoll

Elvis Presley may be gone, but his music and spirit live on -- especially at the Parkes Elvis Festival, an impressive gathering to honor the artist in Parkes, Australia each year.

The small town west of Sydney hosts the unique festival, which generally runs for five days in January to coincide with Presley's birthday. Fans flock to honor the King of Rock and Roll with tribute performances, lookalike contests and rugby games.

The festival was first created in 1993 by husband and wife Bob and Anne Steel, who owned an Elvis-themed restaurant at the time. The celebration has only gotten bigger since then, now attracting Elvis fanatics and impersonators from around the world.

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