For the 33 years since Elvis Presley‘s death in 1977, there has been a fan commemoration at Graceland, with thousands of fans making the pilgrimage to be near the hallowed ground of Graceland and Elvis’ grave. The quiet march by thousands of candle holding fans up the long Graceland driveway on the eve of the date of the death of the kingÂ lasts most of the night. Elvis Presley Blvd. (US Hwy 51) is closed to vehicular traffic. I braved the 95+ degree heat, to be a part of this celebration. While I didn’t make the trek up the driveway, I was there to be part of the experience. Here is a short video I put together. I probably greatly underestimated the number of fans in attendance
Over the years, what started as a spontaneous act by fans has evolved into a week-long event, now orchestrated by Elvis Presley Enterprises.Â Elvis Week is loaded with Elvis related activities. Here are some photos from the vigil:
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