Fans and impersonators celebrate Elvis in 25th annual festival

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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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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, Australia January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis Presley tribute artist Damian Mullin from Melbourne performs at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
An Elvis impersonator wears a gold suit with an acoustic guitar slug over his shoulder on the streets at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competitor Nick Nicolas from Sydney practices by singing into a comb in the dressing room before in the final round of the contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis tribute artist Matt Birse from Adelaide has eye makeup applied in the dressing room before the final of the Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competition at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis tribute artist Stephen Fletcher from Queensland stretches in the dressing room before performing in the final of the Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competition at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Professional Elvis Presley tribute artist Jake Rowley from Nederland, Texas, U.S., performs on stage at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Ultimate Elvis tribute artist Mark Cesaria dons a gold necklace back stage featuring a crucifix before competition at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis Presley tribute artist Pete Storm from London kisses the hand of a fan during the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Professional Elvis Presley tribute artist Jake Rowley from Nederland, Texas, U.S., performs as a fan gets close to him on stage at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Performers (L-R) Michael Tsamandanis, Stuart Vieyra and Stephen Fletcher adjust their hair back stage before the final of the Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competition at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis tribute artist Matt Birse from Adelaide performs in the final of the Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competition at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competitors Nick Nicolas (L) and Brendon Chase watch from off stage as a rival performs in the final round of the contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competitor Stuart Vieyra from Queensland practices dance moves in the mirror back stage before the final round of the contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competitor Stuart Vieyra from Queensland performs in the final round of the contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Ultimate Elvis tribute artist winner Brendon Chase of Auckland, New Zealand performs in the final of the contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis tribute artist Stephen Fletcher dons his boots with Elvis socks before the final of the Ultimate Elvis tribute artist competition at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
A pink Cadillac is prepared by a man dressed as Elvis Presley before a street parade at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
A man dressed as Elvis Presley rides his motorcycle with his passenger during a street parade at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Men dressed as Elvis Presley carry a volunteer during a street parade at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis Presley tribute performer Pete Storm from London performs on stage during the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Amateur rugby players wear Elvis suits as they play a game between the Blue Suede Shoes and the Reddy Teddies during the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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 at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher puts on eye make-up in the mirror before competing in a singing contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
A couple in party wear walk to a pub during the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis Presley tribute artist Sean Spiteri prepares in the mirror backstage before a singing contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher performs in a singing contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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