The Elvis Train has left the building
It was a little less conversation and a little more action at Sydney’s Central Station last week, as the Elvis XPT left the station with everyone – including our Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall – on board headed to the 26th Parkes Elvis Festival.
While there wasn’t any liquor being drunk from fruitjars, as the launch of the Elvis XPT ‘Blue Suede Express’ service departed to Parkes. The iconic Parkes Elvis Festival is an event now so quintessentially Parkes, a team of wild horses couldn’t tear them apart, with the town’s economy all shook up thanks to the 25,000 visitors and $13 million boost to local business.
The festival is now a major regional event and always on the mind of Parkes locals with residents and visitors alike taking part in more than 150 events around Parkes.
The Elvis XPT service is a critical part of the event, providing hundreds with a low cost public transport option from our State’s capital.
Adam Marshall proved that there’s no such thing as loving Elvis too much and donned the iconic Elvis suit to launch the Elvis XPT in Sydney and local Federal Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack also wearing the iconic costume during the festivities.
“It’s exciting to see hundreds of visitors boarding trains at Central Station, heading out of Sydney, to enjoy a major event in Central Western NSW,” he said.
“From the great entertainment, colourful costumes and country hospitality, the Parkes Elvis Festival attracts visitors from across Australia every year and this morning’s highly-anticipated event at Central Station was a great taste of what will be on offer this weekend in Parkes.”
This year also commemorates the 50 year anniversary of Elvis’s 1968’ Comeback Special where he wore black leather and permanently cemented himself as one of the great pop-icons of history.