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Elvis Week 2012

Pilgrimage in memoriam

Elvis Week. On August 16, 1977; news shocked the world and saddened millions of fans that the King of Rock N’ Roll was found dead in his home Graceland. Attempts were made to revive Elvis Presley when he arrived at the hospital, but he was pronounced dead after over an hour of failed attempts.

The country mourned and now millions of fans pick the week of August 16 to memorialize him in a pilgrimage to his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

This year “Elvis Week” begins on Friday, August 10 at 10 a.m. with “The King Music Fest.” The daylong event features performances from local bands celebrating the music we’ve come to know and love. It’s a free event with donations being accepted for the Memphis Music Foundation.

Marlowe’s Ribs and Restaurant at 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. is hosting a meet and greet for Elvis Pilgrims. This is a ticketed event with reserved seating. Door prizes will be given and profits will go to the Spay and Nueter Clinic of Memphis in Elvis’ name. This event is at noon.

Spend the evening at a block party at Autozone Park with live music, giveaways, classic cars and a special Elvis Week ballgame played by the Memphis Redbirds.

Head to the Hard Rock Cafe, for the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” last chance contest. This event will be going on nightly Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Elvis Week.

The rest of the week will be filled with events from conversations with those who knew him professionally and those who knew him personally. Including an appearance by Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley. Also, concerts and movies and ongoing tours of Graceland.

The most important event will be the candle light vigil held on Thursday, August 15 at the gates of Graceland. After the opening ceremony, fans can walk the driveway to the King’s gravesite and back with a candle in silent memorial. This event is free and begins at 8:30 p.m. and usually goes into the early morning hours of August 16.

You can find a more detailed list of events at Elvis.com.