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Parkes Elvis Festival オーストラリアで「最も気まぐれな田舎町」と言われてもおかしくないニューサウスウェールズ州パークスで故ロック王者エルヴィス・プレスリー氏を称える南半球最大の「プレスリー・フェスティバル」が9日付から行なう。
The Parkes Elvis Festival, a series of events marking Elvis Presley, the late King of Rock’n’Roll, will be held in the central New South Wales town of Parkes, arguably Australia’s quirkiest municipality, from Jan. 9.
The Parkes Elvis Festival, now an important annual event, attracted about 200 people when it was first held 20 years ago, but now swells by threefold the town population of 10,000 over the five days it’s held.
Parkes Elvis III プレスリーのそっくりさんパレードかコンサートやプレスリー氏の妻だったプリシラさんをモチーフにする「ミス・プリシラ」コンテストなど、祭り関連約150行事が披露される。
About 150 events are held in conjunction with the festival, including an Elvis lookalike parade, concerts and the Miss Priscilla contest seeking to find a woman who closes resembles Presley’s wife, Priscilla.
As with many countries, Presley’s popularity in Australia grew following his untimely demise in 1977 even though the King never actually ever went Down Under.
Parkes Elvis IIParkes, meanwhile, is perhaps best known for being home to the Parkes Observatory, where footage of the first few minutes of the lunar landing were captured and beamed around the world: an act depicted in the quaint 2000 Australian film, The Dish.
Of interest to Japanese readers is that Parkes is only about one hour’s drive from Cowra, site of the Cowra Breakout, a World War II Japanese internment camp in which 231 Japanese were killed after attempting to escape.


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