Around 25,000 Elvis fans donned their bejeweled jumpsuits, poodle skirts and pompadour wigs to shake rattle and roll the week away in Parkes for the 2024 Parkes Elvis Festival.
Festival Producer Joel Ulbricht said, “In the 31 years since it began, Parkes Elvis Festival has blossomed into a not-to-be-missed international event, drawing enthusiasts from every corner of the globe. This year, Parkes wound back the clock to the 1950’s for an electric five-day extravaganza of rock n roll fun.”
The Parkes Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest was once again staged at the Parkes Leagues Club. Che Orton from New Zealand placed first, followed by Anthony Fenech from Fraser Rice (VIC) in second place and Aaron Mansfield from Newcastle (NSW) in third. Che will now travel to Memphis, USA, to represent Australia during Elvis Week in August.
The 2024 Miss Priscilla, Face of the Festival, was awarded to Leah Wheelhouse, of Canberra. Leah received the sash from outgoing 2023 Miss Priscilla, Nickyra Burley, at a special Main Stage pageant on the Friday of the Festival.
On Saturday 13 January the town came out in droves for the Northparkes Mines Street Parade which saw thousands of spectators line the streets to enjoy the rock n’ roll vibes of Elvis-themed floats, vintage cars, motorcycles, walking groups and marching bands.
In 2025 Parkes Elvis Festival will celebrate its 32nd year with the theme Easy Come, Easy Go.