Thousands of Elvis Presley fans and lookalikes travelled to the rural Australian town of Parkes to take part in the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival.

Parkes Elvis Festival
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher puts on eye make-up in the mirror before competing in a singing contest during the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival Jason Reed/Reuters

Held every January in Parkes, Central New South Wales, the Elvis event coincides with the king rock n'roll's birthday on 8 January. Parkes is home to some passionate Elvis fans, with one local going as far as to changing his name to Elvis by deed poll, while a couple ran a 'Graceland Restaurant' for years. Yet if it wasn't for this kind of Elvis enthusiasm, the festival would have never started. The first festival, held for one-night-only happened in 1993, and saw a mere couple of hundred people attend. Over the next decade, more events were added and the festival lasted for two days. The festival now holds singing competitions, rugby matches (Reddy Teddies vs the Blue Suede Shoes), lookalike contests and a street parade. IBTimesUK presents some of the highlights of this year's Elvis extravaganza:

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